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Prof. Michalczyk documentary on PBS this weekend

(10-2-2000) "Unexpected Openings: Northern Ireland Prisoners", a new documentary directed by Boston College Fine Arts Professor John Michalczyk that chronicles the evolution of the paramilitaries in Northern Ireland from the times of "The Troubles" through the tenuous peace process, will air on WGBH/44 (Channel 44) on Friday, October 6 at 8 p.m. and on WGBH (Channel 2) on Sunday, October 8 at 4 p.m.

Shot on location, including in the Maze and Crumlin Road prisons, the film tells the stories of former Irish Republican Army, Ulster Defense Association and Ulster Volunteer Force prisoners who have returned to society after 15 to 20 years of incarceration. In personal narratives, the prisoners share reflections of their confinement and their realization that their objectives cannot be obtained by violence.

Michalczyk co-wrote and co-produced the film with Theology Department faculty member Rev. Raymond Helmick, SJ, and BC alumnus Paul Goudreau.

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