Unseen footage from the bitter conflict in Northern Ireland provide the imagery for a cinematic letter from a son to the father who shot it.
The conflict in Northern Ireland lasted from the end of the 1960s to the end of the 1990s, but it was the result of centuries of bitter controversies between Catholics and Protestants. The director's now deceased father Arthur MacCaig was himself a filmmaker, and documented the Troubles – a conflict he himself was involved in personally. His raw and unforgettable footage of masked and armed IRA members in Belfast's dark streets are a visual contribution to Donel Foreman's cinematic letter to the father who eventually disappeared from his life. An essay about nationalism, identity and about being the son of an absent father. But it is also a historical and highly relevant film about nationalism, identity and about the role of images for both. Arthur MacCaig's archive of footage from the Northern Irish civil war is an artefact from another time, which still feels near. 'The Image You Missed' is produced by the CPH:DOX winner Philippe Grandrieux and film theoretician Nicole Brenez.