Film 25 | 25 years x 25 stories

British Council

“What we’ve just witnessed isn’t just history, it’s the impossible”

In April 2023, twenty-five 25-year olds from Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland and the UK were invited to contribute their response to and reflection on the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement as its 25-year anniversary approached.

Tasked by the British Council to capture these responses on film, bigO created Film 25, a balanced, understated piece that highlights the relevance and importance of the Agreement to the young contributors – each of whom were born in the year it was signed. 

Directed by Ignas Laugalis, the purpose of the film was to understand how the Agreement has shaped the contributors’ experience of the last 25 years and to hear their ambitions and hopes for the next 25. 

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“My hopes for the next 25 years would be that integration triumphs segregation”

 

Nine individuals from Ireland and the UK, representing both traditions, were interviewed about their experiences, while 16 others were visually depicted. In a powerful conclusion, the group recites the Agreement’s terms in unison on camera. Key statements from the Agreement were also projected on participants throughout the film.

“Peace is something that I’ve grown up with and it’s just all I’ve ever known”

Film 25 won Gold for Best Advertising Film at the 2023 Kinsale Shark Awards and is part of the ACT Responsible Collection – an international non-profit association affiliated with the United Nations Department of Global Communication and Global Compact.

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