Oorlagh George, who won an Oscar for her short film The Shore, has returned to the Co Down village of Killough to make her feature directing debut, Stranger with a Camera.
Principal photography has begun on the drama, which tells the story of Gráinne, an American teenager who finds herself stranded in the North when her father is arrested as part of the investigation into an IRA-linked murder from 17 years ago.
Together with her cousin, Gráinne tries to find out the family's secrets.
Stranger with a Camera stars Ellie Bamber (BBC's Les Misérables and The Trial of Christine Keeler) in the lead role opposite Owen McDonnell (Killing Eve), Michael Shea (Derry Girls) and Brian Milligan (Hunger).
"This is a story about the power of empathy among young people in Northern Ireland, as they try to make sense of a history shrouded in secrets and transcend the boundaries and burdens they've inherited," said writer-director George, who was born in Belfast and raised in New York.
"Gráinne grows up with a trauma that doesn't have a story. This film is her fight to understand the events that shaped her life, in order to move on."
George is also producing Stranger with a Camera, which has received support from Northern Ireland Screen and Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland.
In 2012, George and her father, Belfast writer-director Terry George, won the Best Live Action Short Oscar for their film The Shore, starring Ciarán Hinds, Conleth Hill, Kerry Condon and Maggie Cronin.
The Shore tells the story of a man who emigrated to America 25 years earlier to escape the Troubles but decides to bring his daughter back home to meet his childhood friends.