Sites of Cinematographic Memory


Irish film
Great Irish Famine
public history
Black 47
Irish history

How to Cite

Harzallah, Mohamed Salah. 2020. “Sites of Cinematographic Memory: ‘Black’47’ As a Construction of the Irish Past”. Brolly 3 (3):73-95.


This article deals with how the history of the Great Irish Famine of the 1840s is reconstructed and presented to the global viewers of the film Black’47 (2018). It shows that the film’s narrative reflected a Nationalist perception of the Irish past which condemns the role of the British politicians of the time. It also concludes that the film provides an opportunity for the Irish in Ireland and abroad with a site of cinematographic memory that transcends the national borders of Ireland and engages the public in the process of remembering and reconstructing the history of this calamity