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Trouble

A personal account of an estranged father set against the Northern Ireland conflict, this is a brave debut feature from Los Angeles artist Mariah Garnett.

Dir Mariah Garnett
Prod Manal Laginaf
With Robyn Reihill, Mariah Garnett
USA-UK
2019
83min
Prod Co Mariah Garnett
With partial English subtitles (some scenes are not in the English language)

A 1971 BBC documentary about love across the religious divide of Northern Ireland is the starting point of this heart-breaking story of a woman reuniting with her estranged father after many years. Los Angeles-based artist Mariah Garnett picks up her personal story with interviews and investigations revealing the traumatic effects of political upheavals on Belfast communities then and now. Garnett adds a queer playfulness through an incredible performance as her father, alongside multiple camera formats that interrogate constructions of identity. A remarkable debut film created partly with a local crew in Belfast, featuring trans actress Robyn Reihill playing the girlfriend of Garnett’s father.

Sarah Perks

Festival guests

These members of the filmmaking team are expected to attend the festival:

  • Mariah Garnett, director; Manal Laginaf, producer; Robyn Reihill, cast.

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