The Huddle is a documentary about the desire for belonging in its implications and contradictions.
The focus of the investigation is the Irish community with its political, sporting, musical and religious culture. A story that unfolds between two cities that were the scene of the deepest events that marked the Irish community during the twentieth century: Glasgow and Belfast, divided by a stretch of sea but united by the same culture. A “Huddle” is a group action where, generally in a circle, members of a team embrace each other to motivate ourselves, celebrate and organize a collective action.
Feeling one and many at the same time.
It is the symbol of a society built around conflicting drives and rituals, a symbol that finds materialization in various places and situations, such as concerts, marches, stadiums where the protagonists of the film meet to feel like a group, a community.
A chorus of off-screen voices weaves the narrative structure of the film which wants to show, without judgments, the emotional and social strength of values shared by this group of people. There are several personal stories told and the role that these singles have within society: they are politicians, musicians, journalists, fans, IRA fighters and political militants who embody the variety of a world anchored to the football faith for the Celtic Football Club, the film’s true metaphorical and narrative epicenter.
Their portraits and testimonies concur to offer a participated fresco of the human and political affair of which they make themselves representatives, in a very delicate moment for the future of the Irish community, exposed to the return of the ghosts of its past.