Thursday 17 April 2014

Irish communities are hitting the big screen

As part of the Stranger Than Fiction festival, six short films from the Irish Film Archive will be shown next Friday and Saturday that provide varying views of different Irish communities.

Screening on Friday, June 19, from 12.15pm will be Goodbye to Glocamorra (right), a fascinating 1968 documentary about Inwood, New York, the so-called last of the Irish ghettoes, where at that time GAA was played and Irish accents could still be heard; Guests of Another Nation, a 1988 film about the young Irish emigrants who were then crowding into London; and The Forgotten Irish, a 1981 short showing how Irish traditions and customs have persisted in a 200-year-old Newfoundland fishing community.

On Saturday, June 20, from 12 noon, The Silent Order, Family and Roll Up Your Sleeves will be shown. The Silent Order is a beguiling 1948 short film that follows the Trappist monks of the Holy Cross Monastery in Roscrea as they go about their various daily tasks. Bob Quinn's 1979 film Family examines an entirely less peaceful community, a group of primal screaming hippy types who colonised for a mercifully brief time a small island off the coast of Donegal. And Roll Up Your Sleeves (2008) is a DIY short documentary from Dylan Haskins that follows his non-profit musical tour around Europe with US folk punk band Ghost Mice.

The Saturday screenings will be followed by a panel discussion on the archive films.

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