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 Title  The Wind That Shakes the Barley
The title is taken from a rebel song from the end of the 18th century when the United Irishmen tried to free themselves from British rule. The seeds of unrest had been sown, and in 1920, after a long period under ground, began to sprout. Sin Fein, organized labor, and the Irish Republican Army began to resist British rule once again. The British had sent soldiers returning from WWI to Ireland to act as a sort of police force to quell the growing unrest from those who demanded 'Home Rule.' Here the brutal acts of these 'Black and Tans' (as they were called from the colors of their uniforms) are shown to be the catalyst that drives the Irish people to revolt. Also shown here are the struggles of the new republic that set brother against brother and how the labor movement tried to create a truly equal and democratic nation. Link to reviews Click picture
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 Year   2006       Type  Drama  Drama     Rating   NR
 Director   Ken Loach  Writer   Paul Laverty
 Cast  Cillian Murphy, Padraic Delaney, Liam Cunningham, Orla Fitzgerald,
  Mary O'Riordan, Mary Murphy


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