2017 / 6 minutes

Directed by
Martin Bureau
Country of production

Huge bonfires are lit by Protestants in Northern Ireland on July 12 each year, as part of the celebrations of the 1690 Battle of the Boyne. They are made from wooden pallets, tires, and garbage. To the Protestants, they are symbols of identity affirmation; to the Catholics, they signal arrogance and humiliation. This striking short documents the terrifying scale of these monumental statements, with the somewhat eerie melodies of marching bands lingering beneath the sounds of the infernos.

In the 2019 RAI Film Fest Shorts
Language and subtitles
Location(s) depicted
Northern Ireland