Northern Ireland

Premiere of documentary on music's role in fighting hate dedicated to late Belfast journalist Henry McDonald

New documentary On Resistance Street is being screened in Belfast in October
New documentary On Resistance Street is being screened in Belfast in October New documentary On Resistance Street is being screened in Belfast in October

A premiere screening of a new documentary exploring the role of music in the fight against bigotry and fascism is to be dedicated to late Belfast journalist Henry McDonald.

On Resistance Street, directed by Richard David, includes a section dedicated to the north's punk scene during the Troubles, and features contributions from former Irish News reporter Mr McDonald, who went on to become the Guardian and Observer's Ireland correspondant.

Mr McDonald, who was from the Markets area of Belfast, died in February at the age of 57, and also worked at the Sunday Times and BBC during his career.

The Belfast premiere of the documentary on October 19 is taking place at the Queen's Film Theatre, and organisers of the screening are dedicating the event to the late journalist.

Also appearing in the film is Belfast music icon Terri Hooley and members of punk outfit Stiff Little Fingers.

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Following the Belfast screening, a Q&A panel event will take place, featuring the director, Mr Hooley, and others.

The documentary was shot last year in Belfast, England and New York, and also examines the impact of the ‘Rock Against Racism’ movement of the 1970s, and features music from acts including The Clash.

Richard David describes the film as "about the way people connect via music and oppose the forces of hate".

"People can develop opposition to things like Fascism and racism as individuals, but it is only when they connect collectively, that such opposition becomes socially valid," he said.

"Music still has the power to forge those vital connections."