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.