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Bobby Sands: 66 Days review – an important, even-handed documentary | Film | The Guardian

5.8.16

Bobby Sands: 66 Days review – an important, even-handed documentary | Film | The Guardian: The documentary certainly makes a strong, persuasive case that Bobby Sands’s death was the crisis that broke the stalemate. At the end of it all, the British government quietly began to restore “special category” status: the first stirrings of a negotiation process which led to the Good Friday agreement. And the film correctly identifies the sensational and unarguable fact that Bobby Sands had democratic legitimacy by getting elected as an MP. The SDLP appeared incidentally to have withdrawn to give Sands a free run as the sole nationalist candidate in that election, and it might have been interesting to hear from someone such as John Hume about the discussions that preceded that. Sands’s ex-wife, Geraldine, is not interviewed and neither is his son, Gerard, who was an infant when Sands died, so their feelings about the hunger strike are unclear.


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