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BOBBY SANDS:

66 DAYS

A FILM BY BRENDAN J BYRNE

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BOBBY SANDS:

66 DAYS

A FILM BY BRENDAN J BYRNE

About

 

At seventeen, Bobby Sands was interested in girls, soccer and music. Ten years later he led a hunger strike against conditions inside Northern Ireland's infamous H Blocks that grabbed the world’s attention. Sands became an icon for a world that, to this day, knows little about him. Featuring fresh insight and remarkable archive, BOBBY SANDS: 66 DAYS brings us the story of this enigmatic prisoner and the events that turned him into such an iconic and divisive figure of the 20th Century.

Sands’ own words form the heart of the film, through his many poems, letters and ‘comms’ all penned inside prison, and in particular, his personal diary which he kept for the first 17 days of his hunger strike. Sands’ collected writings provide an invaluable window into his beliefs, feelings and aspirations. They serve to place his voice at the centre of the film and take us inside his head, the place where Sands eventually found freedom, fully aware he would never again experience it in reality.

Director, Brendan Byrne steps through the day-specific narrative, revealing the man at the centre of events in a probing personal portrait that separates man from myth, and fact from fiction.

Produced for BBC Storyville, BBC Northern Ireland, DR (Denmark), Irish Film Board, Northern Ireland Screen and SVT (Sweden).

 
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BoyAmerica


ELIÁN

Directed by Ross McDonnell and Tim Golden

BoyAmerica


ELIÁN

Directed by Ross McDonnell and Tim Golden

 

ELIÁN recounts the story of a Cuban boy named Elián González who, on Thanksgiving Day in 1999, was found floating on an inner tube in the Florida Straits, an event that set in motion a bitter custody battle between Elián’s Cuban father and US relatives. Set to the backdrop of a tense and acrimonious relationship between the US and Cuba, the documentary  features a wealth of contemporary news archive and gives unprecedented access to key players in the saga, including an exclusive interview with the boy himself, now a 23-year old man. A story of family and the challenges of reconciliation, the documentary uses one boy’s remarkable journey to plot the path to rapprochement between Cuba and the US, and is underscored by a deeply moving personal and political commentary. 

Produced for CNN Films, Content Media, Irish Film Board and Northern Ireland Screen.

ELIÁN premieres at Tribeca Film Festival 2017: https://tribecafilm.com/filmguide/elin-2017

 
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MeaMaxima


MEA MAXIMA CULPA: SILENCE IN THE HOUSE OF GOD

Directed by Alex Gibney

MeaMaxima


MEA MAXIMA CULPA: SILENCE IN THE HOUSE OF GOD

Directed by Alex Gibney

 

Explores the abuse of power in the Catholic Church through the story of four courageous deaf men, who in the first known case of public protest, set out to expose the priest who abused them. Through their case the film follows a cover-up that winds its way from the row houses of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, through the bare ruined choirs of Ireland’s churches, all the way to the highest office of the Vatican.

Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God features the voices of Chris Cooper, Ethan Hawke, Jamey Sheridan and John Slattery. The film won two Emmy Awards, a Peabody, the Grierson Award at the London Film Festival, an IFTA in Ireland, and was shortlisted for an Oscar.

Directed by Alex Gibney