Films shown in 2017
We the Workers Director: Huang Wenhai • China • 2017 •
Shot over a six-year period (2009-15) mainly in the industrial heartland of south China, a major hub in the global supply chain, this film follows labour activists as they find common grounds with workers, helping them to negotiate with local officials and factory owners over wages and working conditions. Threats, attacks, detention and boredom become part of their daily lives as they struggle to strengthen worker solidarity in the face of threats and pressures from police and their employers. In the process, we see in their words and actions the emergence of a nascent working class consciousness and labour movement in China.
Post screening discussion with director Huang Wenhai, Jimmy Kelly of Unite the union and Gino Kenny TD, People Before Profit Alliance.
Saturday 23rd September
Antboy Director: Ask Hasselbalch • Denmark • 2013
12-year-old Pelle is bitten by an ant and develops super powers. Aided by comic-book nerd Wilhelm, Pelle creates a secret identity as super hero Antboy. When a super villain, The Flea, enters the scene, Antboy must step up to the challenge!
In addition to the screening of Antboy children from the Gorey School of Art, Summer School will have their stop motion animations screened on Saturday at 11.30am.
AND there’s free popcorn for the first 30 people through the door!
No Easy Walk to Freedom Director: Nancy Nicol • India • 2014
Told through the voices of lawyers, activists and community leaders, No Easy Walk to Freedom exposes human rights violations perpetrated under section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, which criminalises homosexuality. The film also documents the growth of queer organising in India in the context of this historic legal battle to overturn a colonial-era law.
It is moving examination of the struggle to decriminalise homosexuality in contemporary India, told through the voices of HIV AIDS workers, queer activists, community leaders and legal experts. It is a history with far reaching implications for the struggle to remove these colonial era laws and to uphold lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender human rights worldwide.
Post screening discussion including Ailbhe Smyth, Feminist Academic and LGBT activist.
Shot In The Dark Director: Frank Amann • Germany • 2016
A blind person is probably the least person you’d expect to be a photographer. SHOT IN THE DARK is an intimate portrait of three successful artists who have one thing in common: visual impairment as a starting point for their visual explorations. Watching SHOT IN THE DARK will introduce three extraordinary people. These blind artists insist on participating in the world of visuals. At the same time they question this world with their photographic work, in which nothing is taken for granted. This film poses fundamental questions about seeing and the imagination and enriches our understanding of perception and creation. We all close our eyes in sleep, the sighted and blind alike, and in our dreams – we see. Please note that this film with have an audio description suitable for people with visual impairment.
Post screening discussion with Director Frank Amann and filmmaker Laura Way.
Tongue Cutters Director: Solveig Melkeraaen • Norway • 2017
When the Atlantic cod heads for the Northern Norwegian coast to spawn, the children in the fishing village Myre sharpen their knives and get ready for work. Cod tongue cutting is a tradition spanning generations back, and kids as young as five take part in the process of producing this delicacy. With an almost frightening pace, their knives slice and cut, and a highlight of the season is the World Championship of cod tongue cutting.
Cod season is the backdrop of the story of Ylva (9) and Tobias (10). Ylva lives in Oslo and comes to visit her grandparents – and to learn cod tongue cutting. Tobias has worked on the docks since he was six and is already skilled with the knife. Now he is to tutor Ylva. We follow their friendship and get to see how children, when given the opportunity, take on responsibility for work, life and for each other.
Throwline Director: Mia Mullarkey • Ireland • 2016
A group of taxi drivers in Kilkenny, Ireland, join together to form a suicide prevention group called Taxi Watch. Uniquely positioned to patrol the night, the drivers keep vigil over the city’s streets and bridges and offer help to those who feel forlorn. In this short documentary we accompany the drivers at night and witness their world of rescues and revelations.
A New Economy Director: Trevor Meier • Canada • 2016
A New Economy is feature documentary about people making a fresh start towards building a new economy. Watch as several organizations move towards a more cooperative future by experimenting with open and non-traditional business models. By rewarding human effort fairly and proportionately instead of obsessing about the bottom line, these revolutionary businesses are creating a more people-friendly future, creating new ways to make money and make it sustainably.
Post screening discussion with John Power from the Kilmore Quay Fishermens Co-Op and a representative from Callan Camphill Community Coop Housing project Nimble Spaces.
Sunday 24th September
Fit To Fly – Director: David Begley • Ireland • 2004
In 1998 artist, Corina Duyn was diagnosed with M.E. The condition affected her personal and working life. Her body of work ‘Fit To Fly’ is a visual diary of her journey throughout this experience. In this documentary the artist talks openly about her growth over the past years and how her journey has informed her art making.
Austerity Fight Directors: Phil Maxwell & Hazuan Hashim • UK • 2017
The austerity policies of the Tories have targeted young and old. The NHS is chronically under funded and is being privatised. Students are leaving college with huge debts. Children, pensioners and the disabled are living in poverty and millions live precarious lives on ‘zero hour contracts’. Austerity Fight challenges the notion that we have to live in a world where public services are cut, worker’s rights removed and poverty is a daily reality for millions. Austerity Fight champions equality, practical alternatives to Austerity and a vision of a world based on co-operation rather than the greed of a global super elite.
Til the Cows Come Home Director: Lenny Epstein • Canada • 2014
The Government moves to close Canada’s 150 year old rehabilitative prison farm program. But when the time comes to dismantle the farms, their plan is met by fierce resistance. Til the Cows Come Home is the story of the fight to save Canada’s prison farms.
Film Selection – Uselessseas ♦ Going to War over a Banana Truck ♦ Siege of Clonmel
Two short movies from Kilkenny Collective for Arts Talent, and a Community made film from the Clonmel area with a cast of locals including many young people. The Siege of Clonmel is adapted from the book Figures in a Clonmel
Landscape by Michael Ahearne.
The Whistle Blower Director: Trish McAdam • Ireland • 2016
Taking his own situation, Cormac Breatnach highlights how a miscarriage of justice can impact upon a person, their family and the
wider community, as well as highlighting ‘the Sallins Mail Train Robbery case’ in 1976.
To find out more about the film and the history of what happened pleased visit
Post screening discussion with Cormac Breatnach and Dr Vicky Conway, Assistant Professor of Law, DCU.
The Grown Ups Director: Maite Alberdi • Chile, Netherlands, France • 2016 •
For almost their entire lives a group of forty-something classmates have grown up together and are reaching the age of 50 with varying degrees of frustration. Anita, Rita, Ricardo and Andrés feel that the school they attend for people with Down Syndrome is confining; they long for new challenges, greater independence, and more personal space. Director Maite Alberdi’s observational approach is warm and compassionate, allowing the characters to voice their innermost longings and aspirations. It also perfectly captures the tragic state of limbo in which they are stuck: mature enough to want the pressures and privileges of independent adulthood, yet emotionally and financially ill-equipped to pursue them alone—and ultimately failed by a system that treats them as homogeneously disabled rather than as individuals. Their engaging story is a mixture of heartache and humor, and hope for greater understanding of people with Down Syndrome, or anyone whose perceptions and abilities are different from “the norm.”
Post screening discussion with members of Callan’s KCAT Equinox Theatre.
Pavlensky – Man and Might Director: Irene Langemann • Germany • 2016
In the course of his performances, the Russian political artist Pyotr Pavlensky has sewn up his mouth, nailed his scrotum to Red Square, and set fire to the door of the headquarters of the Russian secret service, to protest against “state terror”. He spent seven months in prison. The film shows Pyotr Pavlensky and his preoccupation with
the liberty of the individual confronted by the power of the state.
Short Films – 3 Minute Challenge – 30 Mins.
Here we will screen a selection of films submitted by filmmakers. For this section films are not confinedto documentary and are of any genre or theme. The maximum length of each film is three minutes. This year there is a special section for films from Wexford or filmmakers connected with the county, and a new three minute challenge section for students. The Film Festival will make an award to the best 3-minute film as well as a special awardfor the best student film.
Closing Film 7.00pm
School Life (In Loco Parentis) Directors: Neasa Ní Chianáin, David Rane • Ireland, Spain • 2016
This perfect family-friendly film observes a year in the lives of two inspirational teachers at Ireland’s only primary level boarding school. Headfort School in Kells, Co Meath is a magical place where tradition and modernity are embraced in Hogwarts-like surroundings. In this topsyturvy world of rock music, Shakespeare and woodland forts, teaching couple, John and Amanda Leyden have been shaping thousands of minds with their unorthodox teaching styles for almost half a century.
Post screening discussion with film makers Neasa Ní Chianaín and David Rane.