U2 teamed with Irish director Aoife McArdle and the Creators Project to bring two Songs of Innocence tracks to life via a longform music video.
The 13-minute piece is set amongst the conflict and violence of 1980s Northern Ireland. Stiff Little Fingers‘ “Alternative Ulster” plays and a poster for U2’s 1981 album October flashes as we’re introduced to our protagonist, a Catholic boy named Sean who falls in love with a Protestant girl named Sandra at a punk show.
But what happens when bombings and militant violence threaten to drive the two apart? Check out the video above.
McArdle, a Belfast native, drew upon personal experience in directing the video.
“I wanted to make a film about what it was like to be a teenager in the early Eighties in Northern Ireland,” he said via a statement. “All the different pressures on you, the pressures of friendship, of falling in love for the first time, and all that in the face of huge troubles. Violence was inescapable on your doorstep. I remember very vividly what it was like to grow up when there were bombs going off and army everywhere so I did draw on a lot of memories.”
This follows U2’s Films of Innocence project, in which 11 artists were commissioned to create videos for each of the 11 songs on U2’s 2014 iTunes giveaway album Songs of Innocence.