Dir. Maurice Fitzpatrick
Ireland, 2017, 90 minutes
National Gallery of Canada, Sunday, November 26, 2017, 4:45 pm
Irish politician and civil rights leader John Hume saw that by harnessing the political influence of the Irish American diaspora, it was possible to achieve peace in Northern Ireland. Narrated by Liam Neeson, In The Name Of Peace is a compelling feature documentary about ending "the Troubles", with dramatic footage from the conflict and stirring accounts by Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter, Tony Blair, Bono, and many others. A stirring tale of how one man with courage and charisma who found inspiration in Martin Luther King Jr. mobilized Irish Americans and America to bring an end to years of bloody violence. It is also serves as a useful reminder of the redemptive powers of politics to overcome hatred and division.