Opening Night – Friday 22nd September.

6.30pm Official opening of Festival with the Irish Premiere of the extraordinary Chinese film We The Workers.

Post screening discussion

Director Huang Wen Hai, Jimmy Kelly of Unite, The Union. Gino Kenny, TD People Before Profit,   Annette Mooney member of the Teachers union. Chaired by Dr Kieran Allen Senior Lecturer at The School of Sociology University College Dublin

 WEN Hai 聞海 : Director, Cinematographer & Editor. WEN Hai studied at the Beijing Film Academy and has since 2001 been active as an independent film director. Among his best known films are Floating Dust (2003), that got the Prix Georges Beauregard at the 16th Festival International du Documentaire in Marseille in 2005, Dream Walking (2005), and the film We (Women) that won the Horizons Special Mention award at the 2008 Venice International Film Festival. WEN Hai also worked as a camera man on WANG Bing’s film Three Sisters (2012). His 2016 book放逐的凝视——见证中国独立纪录片 [The Gaze of Exile: Witnessing Chinese Independent Documentary Films] is published in Taipei by the Tendency.

WEN Hai’s Filmography

  • In the Military Training Camp (2002, 71′)
  • Floating Dust (2003, 111′)
  • Dream Walking (2005, 85′)
  • We (2008, 158′)
  • Reconstructing Faith (2010, 78’)

Jimmy Kelly is the Irish Regional Secretary of the UNITE trade union.

He spent most of his working life at Waterford Crystal as a craftsman and then a workplace representative. He became an active lay member of what was the Amalgamated Transport and General Workers Union and took on his first full time role in the union movement following the merger of the ATGWU and Amicus in 2008. Jimmy is a passionate advocate of workers’ rights, not afraid to speak his mind, and represents the interests of nearly 100,000 union members across the island of Ireland. He sits on the Executive Committee of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions and has instigated court action seeking to force the Irish Government into enacting pension protection legislation which is shamefully lacking here.

 Gino Kenny: People Before Profit Alliance TD for Dublin Mid West. Clondalkin.

Gino Kenny has lived in Clondalkin since 1979. He first became a political activist in 1994 during the successful Anti Water Charges Campaign in Clondalkin. Gino was elected to South Dublin County Council in 2009 and subsequently re-elected in May 2014. In the 2011 General Election Gino received 2500 first preference votes and was finally elected in the 2016 General Election with 4629 preference votes. Since his election he has worked tirelessly on the ground on a whole range of issues ranging that affect people’s everyday lives, from the right to Housing, anti-racism initiatives, building solidarity for Workers’ Rights, campaigning against the Property Tax, and working with the Clondalkin horse owners to find a permanent premises. He has been at the forefront of the Anti Water-Charges Campaign both locally and nationally and is a founding member of Clondalkin Meter Watch, and is currently arguing a bill seeking to legalise medicinal cannabis supporting many people’s campaign to do so, like that of Vera Twomey who is desperate to relieve the chronic symptoms of epilepsy that affect her young daughter. Gino says the opposition of the government to his bill are leaving people with chronic pain “completely ignored”. As a TD in the Dáil he only accepts the average industrial wage.

 Annette Mooney: Teacher activist and member of The Association of Secondary Teachers in Ireland,

The ASTI union has led the campaign for equal pay despite a brutal right-wing Government’s abuse of power in using FEMPI to withhold increments and other elements of pay and conditions in order to coerce members into backing down. Members had the courage to face down the Government for completely honorable reasons – equal pay for equal work.  Every worker has gained from the ASTI’s action. The partial restoration of LPT pay was due to the determination of the ASTI to force the issue through refusal to sign up to LRA and to take industrial action. The suspension of industrial action by a minority of 240 members on the 10th June last means having now to comply with the Junior Cycle, at least until the ballot result is known in October which CEC recommends to reject. Annette Mooney  will be speaking on a personal capacity and will discuss the grassroots fightback group

Saturday 23rd September

11.30am In addition to the screening of Antboy  at 11.40 children from the Gorey School of Art, Summer School had their stop motion animations screened.


Stop Motion Animation films from the kids at MediasKool’s summer workshops in Gorey School of Art. (ages 10-14)

1pm  After the screening of No Easy Walk to Freedom  there was a Post Film screening talk. Speakers included Ailbhe Smyth, Feminist Academic and LGBT activist.  Chaired by Ann Ryan Wexford Documentary Festival


 Ailbhe Smyth is an Irish academic, feminist socialist and lesbian activist.

She was a founding director of the Women’s Education, Resource and Research Centre (WERRC), University College Dublin (UCD). Ailbhe Smyth began her involvement in activism in the 1970s whilst a student as part of the women’s liberation movement. She was the head of Women’s Studies in UCD from 1990 to 2006, and now works independently. Smyth is a spokeswoman and convener for the Coalition to Repeal the Eighth Amendment. She is also a founding member of Marriage Equality, convener of Feminist Open Forum, an organiser for Action for Choice, a board member of Equality and Rights Alliance and is the former Chair of the National LGBT Federation. Smyth received the ‘Lifetime Achievement’ award at the Great American Lesbian Art Show 2015.

4.00pm After the screening of Shot In The Dark there was a Post Film screening talk with Director Frank Amann, filmmaker Laura Way and blogger Tina Paulick

              Frank Amann, Director. 



Frank Amann was born 1961 in Wiesbaden, Germany. In 1989 he was awarded his MA in Philosophy, Politics, Cinema Studies, J. W. Goethe-University Frankfurt/ Main Assistant Cameraman. In 1994 he was the visiting scholar at the National Film- and Television School (NFTS), Beaconsfield/ London and in1998 he graduated from the German Film and Television Academy Berlin (dffb).  He worked as a DoP for many years. He’s a member of the German Film Academy.  SHOT IN THE DARK is his first film as a director.

 Laura Way: Owner/Writer/Director/Producer at Bodecii Film & Riff Raff Theatre Filmbase & Staffordshire University

Laura formerly a film and TV actress, is an award winning writer/director. Formerly a director with one of Irelands leading commercial production companies, Pull The Trigger, Laura set up Bodecii Film, a Wexford based production company developing original indigenous TV and Film, commercials and vision films. Laura received an honorable mention at the 2016 ICADS Young Directors Awards for ‘Changeling’ promo (original TV series currently in development) and was part of the prestigious Element Red Rock Directors Shadow Program. She conceptualized, produced and directed the music video for Ronan Furlong ‘Hoplite Armour’ which went to No.1 in the iTunes Music Video and is a finalist in the Paris International Music Video Competition. Laura has written, produced and directed much of her own work including, short films, music videos and commercials. She is currently running the screen actors program in the Gaiety School of Acting and writer/director for the 2017 graduate showcase.  As co-creator and director, Laura wrapped on the pilot for Rising, a new web series, filmed in Wexford. She is directing TV3 award winning series Redrock in 2017.

Tina Paulick : Student, Blogger   

Tina is a  24 year old student from Germany living in Ireland having  come to Ireland through the Erasmus Programme in 2016 choosing NUIG. She is visually impaired and  lives, studies and works in Galway. “Studying abroad being visually impaired needs more preparation, but it is also worth it” she has said in REHACARE Magazine. Since October 2016 while living in Ireland Tina has been blogging about her experience. She wants more accessibility in the internet and explains that life is not defined by a disability.

8.15pm After the screening of A New Economy  there was a Post Film screening talk. Speakers include d John Power from the Kilmore Quay Fishermens Co-Op. Eilish Lavelle of Callan’s Camphill Community Nimble Spaces Project. James Kehoe , Chairperson of The Backstairs Group Water Scheme Society Ltd. Chaired by Una Dunphy, Teacher, Trade Union activist, Secretary of WCTU



Nimble Spaces: Eilis Lavelle member of the co-coordinating team.   



Nimble Spaces is a  housing/home project developed by Camphill Callan in collaboration with a creative team of future residents, artists, architects and activists and led by Callan Workhouse Union. Nimble Spaces is a creative and citizens-led approach to how society can develop new patterns of housing that:

  • Promote an arts-led participatory design process
  • Meet the needs of many different citizens
  • Enable active citizenship and participation
  • Encourage social inclusion and positive relationships
  • Incorporate smart design that is good for people and the environment

Over the past four years, Nimble Spaces has received support from The Arts Council of Ireland, Kilkenny Leader Partnership and Irish Design 2015. Kilkenny County Council and the Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government and Kilkenny County Council key funding partners for the Callan pilot.

John Power Author of Maritime History of County Wexford – Volumes 1- 3  

John Power, who spent over 37 years working as a commercial fisherman, also long time Secretary of the Kilmore Quay Fishermen’s Co-Operative, who was elected Chairman of the Irish Federation of Fishermen’s Co-operatives established in 1971 to represent fishing interests during EEC entry negotiations and is a former director of Bord Iascaigh Mhara. He is also a former assistant editor of the Kilmore Parish Journal. John, whose home overlooks the sea in Kilmore Quay, has spent his retirement years examining Government papers, public inquiry reports, harbour board minutes, coastguard and lifeguard records, the register of the Receiver of Wreck, and local, national and English newspapers. 

James Kehoe, Blackstairs Group Water Scheme Society Ltd : Chairperson 2007- present. Blackstairs GWS is one of the largest in Leinster supplying water for over 1000 domestic homes and 500 farmland/commercial properties for the Enniscorthy Rathnure Clonroche and surrounding areas.

10.00 Meet up after @ Kehoes Pub, Kilmore Quay…

Sunday 24th September

2.15pm After the screening of The Whistle Blower there was a Post Film screening talk with Cormac Breatnach and Dr Vicky Conway, Assistant Professor of Law, DCU.  Chaired by Kevin Ryan from Wexford Documentary Film Festival.

Cormac Breatnach  

Cormac is a musician and producer of the Whistle-Blower film with Director Trish Mc Adam and brother of Osgur Breatnach accused and sentenced to 12 years for the Sallins Mail Train Robbery in 1976. A  musician, a whistle player Cormac Breatnach was immersed in the Irish musical tradition from early childhood. Throughout his long career he has played with artists as diverse as Elvis Costello, Vanessa Williams, Donal Lunny, Bernard Purdie and Susan McKeown and has recorded many albums to date. Cormac’s music is highly influenced by jazz and blues. Recently, he has acknowledged and embraced his Spanish/Basque roots.

 Dr Vicky Conway

Dr Vicky Conway joined the School of Law and Governance in DCU in July 2015, having previously held positions at the University of Kent, Queen’s University Belfast, the University of Limerick and the University of Leeds. Vicky is a graduate of UCC (BCL 2001, LLM 2002), the University of Edinburgh (MSSc Criminology 2003) and Queen’s University Belfast (PhD 2008, PGCert Higher Education 2010). Vicky is currently Chair of the BCL Programme and a committed socio-legal scholar who believes that academic research should be innovative and challenge and aim to directly inform legislative and policy developments. Vicky is a leading researcher on policing in Ireland with an emphasis on the intersection between social change, police culture and police accountability. She has conducted innovative qualitative research in this area, funded by the British Academy, which has resulted in two monographs on policing in Ireland (The Thick Blue Wall: The Morris Tribunal and Police Accountability in the Republic of Ireland and Policing Twentieth Century Ireland: A History of an Garda Síochána). Her expertise in this area has been recognised through Vicky’s appointment by the Government in December 2015 to the newly created Policing Authority which is tasked with oversight of an Garda Síochána, Ireland’s police service. Along with colleagues Dr Yvonne Daly (Law and Government) and Dr Yvonne Crotty (Institute of Education) she is currently part of an EU Commission funded grant called SUPRALAT ( which is developing training for criminal defence solicitors to enable them to best defend their client’s rights in the garda station. This training, being developed across 4 member states, has been accredited by the Law Society of Ireland and will address a substantive lacuna following changes in Irish policy and EU law. Vicky teaches across a range of modules related to criminal justice and the operation of the legal system in Ireland. She currently supervises a doctoral student who is studying the protection of minority language rights. She has held visiting scholar positions in North America, Australia and Ireland. Vicky deploys a critical, socio-legal approach to research to all her teaching and supervision. In addition to her current role on the Policing Authority, Vicky is a member of the board of the Association of Criminal Justice Research and Development and has previously been a board member of the award winning Committee on the Administration of Justice in Northern Ireland. Dr Conway is also the author of ‘Policing Twentieth Century Ireland A History of An Garda Síochána’ 2014 published by Routledge.

3.30pm After the screening of The Grown Ups  there was a Post Film screening talk with Medb Lambert current Artistic Coordinator of Equinox Theatre Company,  Jim Rohan and Shane Byrne founding members of KCAT ’s Equinox Theatre Company  and Ian Barry. Chaired by Doreen Fitzmaurice from Wexford Documentary Film Festival



  Medb Lambert Co Artistic Director at Asylum Productions, Trinity College, Dublin – Theatre artist. Artistic Coordinator of Equinox Theatre Company at KCAT Art Centre. Sometime designer, writer, performer, More often producer. Passionate about social inclusion.

Equinox Theatre Company: KCAT creates an environment in which artists, actors and students from different backgrounds and abilities can work and create together and in which lifelong learning is an opportunity for everyone. The KCAT (Kilkenny Collective for Arts Talent) Art & Study Centre is an open access Arts and Life Long Learning initiative promoted by the Camphill Communities. Founded in 1999, after a pilot phase under the EU Horizon Program. KCAT delivers visual art and theatre courses, and is home to the KCAT Studio and the Equinox Theatre Company. The KCAT Studio and Equinox Theatre Company combine artists with learning disabilities and other disadvantages with professional arts practitioners. The course elements are funded through the Vocational Education Committee structure and the Back to Education Initiative, the Studio and Equinox Theatre are part-funded by The Arts Council. The centre has developed interactive partnerships with comparable projects in many countries in Europe, Japan and Australia. Strongly engaged in the arts community both locally and internationally, KCAT challenges the “Insider/Outsider Arts” debate.


Shane Byrne grew up in Tullow in County Carlow. 

Shane is the eldest of his family, with two sisters. He is 34 years old. Equinox is one of the reasons why he went to Camphill Callan a few years ago. He is one of the founding members having done drama before starting with the company having picked drama in Trinity College before that, he had worked with Shadowbox Theatre Company. With Equinox and the drama course in KCAT, Byrne has done several shows: Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Lost Prince, The (Making of the) Frogs after Aristophanes in the Dublin Fringe Festival, and the original Memory Box in 2013. “Although our work includes a lot of fun and games, Memory Box is a serious play. But I like acting in it. I enjoy acting in general. In some cases, it can be challenging to play the Man, the main character in Memory Box, because my character doesn’t speak, but instead uses movement and gestures. But I get over that; if there is a challenge ahead, I find a way of getting around it, an onto the next barrier!”

  Jim Rohan is the second oldest in his family. and lives in Kilkenny.

Jim Rohan is the second oldest in his family. and lives in Kilkenny. Jim loves doing the drama in KCAT and enjoys meeting different people that have different abilities and disabilities. Rohan is  one of the founding members of Equinox, and  has worked with the company since 2008. He has  been in several shows, amongst others The Lost Prince, The Birthday Party, (The Making of) The Frogs after Aristophanes and In My Body Are These Islands with Croi Glan Dance Company, which was performed in the Abhainn Ri Festival in Callan and in Clonmel in 2011.

Ian Barry is parent and carer to nine year old Pierce, who has Down Syndrome. Ian has a background in Social Care and has been a member of Down Syndrome Wexford since shortly after Pierce was born. Because he is the parent in the home, Ian has extensive first-hand experience of service provision for people with Down Syndrome – especially in his son’s age bracket. Ian also has a keen interest in film, literature and music.

6.30pm Screening of films submitted to the 3 Minute Film Challenge

7.00pm After the screening of School Life (In Loco Parentis)  we will be having a Post Film screening talk with film makers Neasa Ní Chianaín and David Rane.

Neasa Ní Chianáin trained at the National College of Art & Design in Dublin, and worked as a freelance Art Director on Irish feature film and television projects, such as ‘All Soul’s Day’, Angela’s Ashes’, ‘A Love Divided’ and the BBC series, ‘Rebel Heart’


Neasa started directing documentaries in 2001 with ‘No Man’s Land’, a critically acclaimed film about the asylum process in Ireland. She has directed television docs, short docs and three feature documentaries including the award-winning Irish Film Board funded feature length observational documentary, ‘Frank Ned & Busy Lizzie’, which won Best Feature Documentary at The Celtic Film Festival 2004, and was sold to broadcasters around the world. Her next film, ‘Fairytale of Kathmandu’ world premiered at IDFA 2007, in the Silver Wolf Competition. It was subsequently invited to 25 more international Festivals including Seattle (North American Premiere), Edinburgh (UK premiere) DocAviv, Durban, New York and San Francisco GLBT Festival, and won 3 international awards. After this, she directed ‘The Stranger’, which premiered in the prestigious Semaine de la Critique Competition in Locarno Film Festival in August 2014. Her latest film, “School Life (In Loco Parentis)” had its World Premiere in the Feature Documentary Competition at IDFA in November 2016.

 David Rane is a BAFTA-winning producer and director.

Over the last 20 years David has produced many award-winning documentary films for national and international broadcasters, a number of animated films, and a number of short fiction films. His company, Soilsiú Films, have had their work screened in France, Germany, The Netherlands, Belgium, Taiwan, Finland, the United States, New Zealand and more. Soilsiú Films received EU MEDIA Programme Single Project funding in 2002 and 2010, and Slate funding support in 2005 and Creative Europe Development funding in 2012 and 2014. David was a graduate of the M.A. Film and Television course at the University of London (Goldsmiths College) in 1993. He was on the Executive Committee of Screen Producers Ireland (the Irish Producers’ representative body) for four years, and has taught film making at both the University of London and the Dublin Institute of Technology. He is a graduate of EAVE European Producers Programme 1999, and EURODOC 2014. David is also the founder and festival director of the Guth Gafa International Documentary Film Festival, which held its 11th edition in August 2017.

9.30pm 3 Minute Film Challenge winner will be announced.




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