The legacy of the sectarian conflict persists in the city of Belfast in Northern Ireland and attracts both international and national tourism. Traces centres the experiences of two Catholic walking tour guides as they consider the legacy of the Troubles, reflect on their subjective pasts, and look to the future. The film captures the process of participatory mapping independently undertaken by Lorraine and Arthur, revealing insights into the visual language, storytelling and territoriality of tour guides in the divided city. By adopting an experimental approach with cartographic animation, the filmmaker explores how participant agency can be augmented in post-production, offering an opportunity for individuals to leave a digital trace.
- Katie McKeever