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The telling of The Troubles
December 8, 2010 5:11 PM   Subscribe

Taxi III Stand Up and Cry Like a Man - a short but powerful clip in which taxi drivers talk about their experiences in the Troubles of Northern Ireland.

Lisa Byrne - the filmmaker
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The Taxi Trilogy
posted by madamjujujive (9 comments total) 17 users marked this as a favorite

 
Ack.
Sad to hear all of this crap that these men have had to go through.
But, to end a comment on a happy note--I must say that the Northern Irish accent is so epic.
posted by MHPlost at 5:17 PM on December 8, 2010


That was quite moving and more so because of its simplicity. Maybe if I was Irish I could have guessed each driver's religion, but I couldn't tell watching and that added to the depth. I couldn't choose not to empathize. Reading the description, I appreciated that she profiled both Catholic and Protestant drivers.

Thanks for the excellent post.
posted by serazin at 8:23 PM on December 8, 2010


Terrifying!
posted by DanCall at 12:19 AM on December 9, 2010


I actually do not need an interpreter to understand a Northern Irish accent. I bez I could tell you what religion each guy was, bit that isn't what matters. What matters is that each of these men suffered and what for? Ireland is not better off for their suffering. All of these good men are never going to be the same.
posted by Katjusa Roquette at 1:37 AM on December 9, 2010


Good idea. Taxi drivers were (and are) on the front line of so much of the violence that happened, yet so many forget that.
posted by knapah at 3:33 AM on December 9, 2010


There's an interesting part in Diego Gambetta's Streetwise: How Taxi Drivers Establish Customers' Trustworthiness, which interviewed a bunch of Irish Taxi drivers to try to figure out what signs they picked up on to decide who was going to involve them in something and who was not.
posted by Comrade_robot at 5:14 AM on December 9, 2010


Brilliant.
posted by devious truculent and unreliable at 6:32 AM on December 9, 2010


Powerful stuff, thanks for posting.
posted by otio at 9:07 AM on December 9, 2010


That was great. My mum's cousin William could tell stories about his experiences in a way that always had the whole room laughing until they were tender.
posted by bonobothegreat at 10:27 AM on December 10, 2010


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