I Am Belfast ★★★½

This film is hard to describe. Early on there is a lyrical tone with both beautiful and gritty shots of Belfast. An older woman embodies the role of the city saying "I am Belfast" and narrates the history of the place.  Despite the beauty of the narration and images, the film feels long and ambling (I kept thinking it was about to end when it wasn't). On the other hand, I did particularly appreciate how the story of  "The Troubles" was told - sensitively, thoughtfully, with continued affection and sympathy for Belfast. The filmmaker himself talks to the narrator some of his own experience growing up in Belfast during those hard times. That piece was worth a lot and I'm glad I saw it .