Greg Moran – Australia - Culicidae
Dean Hamer – Croatia - Babushka Has a New Boyfriend
John Clark – UK - Snapshot
Louis Chan - UK - Highs
Edelle Kenny - US - Ossobuco
Isabel Steuble-Johnson - US - Bump In the Night
Rob Sharp – UK - Good Grief
Carlos Segundo – Brazil- Big Bang
Eight films make this international programme. From North America to South America, from Europe to Oceania, these stories feature characters that have often been overlooked on screen or whose perspective is rarely captured with authenticity. These different experiences are brought to the screen through different lenses and styles, with elaborate settings for some and very simple ones for others, all do have an immersive quality that gives the viewer the opportunity to experience life through the protagonists' eyes. Diverse in terms of storytelling, this program is also diverse tonally, with dark comedy, satire, psychological thriller and one animation film.
Renata Lima – Irish – Vonnie: Ireland's Forgotten Fashion Icon
Edel McCormick – Irish – We Speak Wall
Joanne Heffernan, Robert Tyrrell – Irish – Halted
Cathy Dunne – Irish–"Where do all the old gays go?
Lia Campbell – Scotland – Run With Her
Melinda Heinz – US – Irish Men's Sheds
Wiktoria Weintritt – Last Seen
This year's short documentary programme pays tribute to the power of personal testimony as a force for change and shines a light on the audacity of the human spirit. From older men to the forgotten gay community, from street artist to traveller, the diversity of stories illuminates the past and the present. These films reveal the people behind the creative and personal struggle to be seen, to be heard and to be accepted. The filmmakers combine craft, visual poetry and sensitivity of approach to bring us the beautiful diversity of existence.
2022 Ireland, Director Sinéad O'Shea FOLLOWED BY Q+A WITH FILMMAKERS.
Through the stories of everyday citizens resisting the status quo, PRAY FOR OUR SINNERS the new documentary from filmmaker and journalist, Sinéad O'Shea confronts Ireland's recent history of brutality against children and women from corporal punishment to state-sanctioned mother and baby homes.O'Shea returns to her hometown in rural Ireland to explore the control the Catholic church held there until recent years and uncovers the gentle but extraordinary figures who chose to resist. This is a portrait of genuine bravery, hope and love.
“An excellent demonstration of how the personal is political.” - Critics Notebook
Derek Ugochukwu - You're Not Home
Sinéad O'Loughlin - Lamb
Mia Mullarkey - Safe As Houses
Mo O'Connell - Haven
Laura O'Shea - Wednesday's Child
Feidlim Cannon, Gary Keegan – Uprooted
Nell Hensey - Try and Touch
These Irish films are a true testament to the diversity of directorial voices that Irish cinema has to offer. From genre to romcom, from social drama to satire all convey powerful narratives through protagonists whose stories are often not seen on screen. Curated as an emotional ride, the films use the cinematic medium differently to tackle their characters' conflicts. Heartwarming for some, thought-provoking for others, all are deeply engaging and compelling and provide an authentic insight into the different experiences of each of the main characters.
Caleb J. Roberts - Homebird
Ethan Donoghue - Agape
Aisling Byrne - Headspace
Lorna Fitzsimons - Whale
Katie McNeice - Lambing
Elizabeth Adewusi - No Signal
These Irish films are a true testament to the diversity of directorial voices that Irish cinema has to offer. From genre to romcom, from social drama to satire all convey powerful narratives through protagonists whose stories are often not seen on screen. Curated as an emotional ride, the films use the cinematic medium differently to tackle their characters' conflicts. Heartwarming for some, and thought-provoking for others, all are deeply engaging and compelling and provide an authentic insight into the different experiences of each of the main characters.
2022, Ukraine, Turkey Director Maryna Er Gorbach
INTERVIEW WITH DIRECTOR Maryna Er Gorbach will follow the screening.
July 2014. Expectant parents Irka and Tolik live in the Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine near the Russian border, disputed territory in the early days of the Donbas war. Their nervous anticipation of their first child’s birth is violently disrupted as the vicinal crash of flight MH17 elevates the forbidding tension enveloping their village. The looming wreckage of the downed airliner and an incoming parade of mourners emphasize the surreal trauma of the moment. As Tolik’s separatist friends expect him to join their efforts, Irka’s brother is enraged by suspicions that the couple has betrayed Ukraine. Irka refuses to be evacuated even as the village gets captured by armed forces, and she tries to make peace between her husband and brother by asking them to repair their bombed house.