It’s been 29 years since Northern Ireland last played at the World Cup finals.
It’s about time we started making a fuss about it when you consider the English have been bleating about the 1966 World Cup since, errr, 1966.
To this end, a new film set in Belfast against the backdrop of the 1986 World Cup in Mexico will get its première on April 24 at 8pm in the Waterfront Hall, screened by Belfast Film Festival.
Shooting For Socrates is a David and Goliath story set in Belfast against the backdrop of the 1986 World Cup and the conflict of the troubles. In a Northern Ireland divided on religious lines, 9-year-old Tommy learns to make sense of his world through his passion for football and his father’s love of Greek philosophy.
The lead up to Tommy’s momentous 10th birthday is mirrored through the build up to the biggest day for the Northern Ireland football team as they head out to play the greatest match of their lives against Brazil, led by the remarkable politician, philosopher and footballing genius, Socrates de Souza.
With laughter and passion, this is a story of two nations, two teams, and a father and a son: the things that divide them, and the things that unite us all.
Tickets, £10, are available here
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