A journey in trauma recovery viewed through the life of David Bolton, founding Director of the Northern Ireland Centre for Trauma and Transformation, researcher and author. An unbreakable
A journey in trauma recovery viewed through the life of David Bolton, founding Director of the Northern Ireland Centre for Trauma and Transformation, researcher and author. An unbreakable spirit faced with unbearable trauma… At 3.10pm on Saturday 15th of August 1998 a car bomb exploded in Omagh’s main shopping street. 31 people were killed and over 400 injured. Within half an hour David Bolton, then Director of Social Work and Community Care, arrived at Omagh hospital. In the opening sequence, David recalls his long day’s journey into night as the emergency services stretched themselves to respond to the unfolding tragedy. Originally from Dublin, his father bought a farm near Tempo when David was 5. Recalling the move north he says, “Fermanagh embraced me, and I became a country boy.” He paints a picture of an idyllic childhood; long summer evenings playing games, cycling everywhere and exploring nature. However, for the first time, David discloses his own, early encounter with trauma, pre-Troubles. David trained as a social worker in Jordanstown, living in Belfast for 4 years. He married his fiancée Helen and settled down to family life in Enniskillen where he secured his first professional position. The film will be shown with a Q&A session with David and the film’s director. This moving and reflective feature was filmed mainly on location in Fermanagh and Tyrone. While it deals with tragic and traumatic events, it was filmed with a mindful approach of the enduring and changing needs and experiences of those who suffer tragic loss, and of the challenges that arise for our community, from decades of violence.
Please note that some viewers may find some scenes upsetting. Support will be in place for anyone affected by the issues explored in the film.
7.30pm Wine Reception
8.00pm Film Screening
9.00pm Q&A with David Bolton & Fergus Cooper
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FLive has been supported by Fermanagh and Omagh District Council.
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