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Commemorating 50 years since the start of The Troubles in Northern Ireland, Lost Lives is a poignant testament to the physical and emotional cost of war. Based on the book Lost Lives, which records every single death and its circumstances since the beginning of the modern conflict, this heartfelt documentary is a cinematic homage to the victims, from all sides.
Powerfully narrated by famous Irish and Northern Irish actors, including Kenneth Branagh, Brendan Gleeson, Roma Downey, Liam Neeson, Bríd Brennan and Stephen Rea, the film weaves archive footage with recordings of family and friends responding to the devastating news of the death of loved ones.
A score performed by the Ulster Orchestra and striking cinematography complete this elegiac piece. The last entry in the book is Lyra McKee, a journalist who was fatally shot in 2019 – an essential reminder that peace can be a fragile process.