How to Defuse a Bomb: The Project Children Story

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In 1975 Irish immigrant Denis Mulcahy of the NYPD bomb squad began a scheme offering children from Northern Ireland respite from the Troubles. Project Children ultimately brought more than 20,000 Catholic and Protestant children to suburban USA for summer-long visits where they forged unexpected friendships and found they had more in common with the “enemy” than they thought.

Featuring evocative TV archive of the scheme and contributions from Bill Clinton, Martin McGuinness and the now-adult children, the participants’ personal stories are positioned within the wider political story Northern Ireland.

Winner of the Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature at IFI Doc Fest 2016.

(Notes by Sunniva O’Flynn.)

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