A Belfast Story looks at the aftermath of “The Troubles”, this refers to three-decades (1969–1997) of Northern Ireland conflict between nationalists (mainly self-identified as Roman Catholic) and unionists (mainly self-identified as British or Protestant). Armed campaigns of Irish republican and Ulster loyalist paramilitary groups and British state security forces (the British Army and the Royal Ulster Constabulary, were the main features of the troubles. A Belfast Story addresses these tensions in Northern Ireland in a post conflict setting of Belfast. The main plot line follows Meaney, a detective investigating murders of ex-IRA paramilitaries. It is an interesting film in terms of human rights, as the viewer gets a glimpse into the realities faced by the citizens of Belfast and the surrounding areas. A Belfast Story explores post-terrorism situations as the city moves forward with car bombs being less common and overall acts of terrorism not existing anymore.

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