Galway City of Film concludes its 100 Years of Irish Cinema programme with a look at contemporary Irish documentaries this weekend.
Galway-based Australian filmmaker Paula Kehoe has chosen three seminal Irish documentaries that will screen at An Taibhdhearc from 12noon this Saturday, 3 December. The films and discussion are free to attend and tickets will operate on a first come, first served basis so get there early.
The theme of this screening centres around ‘Documentary as Social Commentary’ and ‘Why Documentary Matters’ and includes work from three prolific filmmakers who through their documentaries witness and participate in the national conversation about identity, social issues, art, culture, colonisation and revolution. These filmmakers are three of Ireland’s best and most influential documentary directors and all three will attend the screenings and take part in a discussion about their work.
The screening starts at 12noon with ‘Living in a Coded Land’ (80 minutes) by Pat Collins, a poetic exploration of what Ireland was, is or might be, over time, at different times, beneath all its layers. Making extensive use of archive from RTÉ and the IFI, the film beautifully manages to explore the more elusive layers of meaning that make up the country of Ireland.
Following this at 2.15pm will be ‘The Road to God Knows Where’ (52 minutes) by Alan Gilsenan. This documentary is an edgy, iconoclastic, and at the time controversial state-of-the-nation snapshot of Ireland in 1988. This is a time of pre-Celtic Tiger Ireland, a transformational decade, a time of mass unemployment and emigration. The film brilliantly uses stark visual imagery and arresting music track featuring U2, Aslan and the Pogues.
At 3.20pm, Broken Song (66 minutes) by Claire Dix will screen, a contemporary and observational documentary about a group of young male rappers who rely on poetry to survive. For these young men, self-expression in the form of poetry, rap and song has become a spiritual experience. It has become their identity, their religion and, as they claim themselves, they are its high priests.
Following the screenings, from 4.20pm to 5.30pm, the featured directors will be in conversation with filmmaker Paula Kehoe. Details of 100 Years of Cinema events can be found at www.galway filmcentre.ie