4th Festival Films

The list of the films played on 4th Wexford Documentary Festival, with short description and the review.
Atlantic movie poster


Directed and Filmed by Risteárd Ó Domhnaill

Narrated by Emmy Award winner, Brendan Gleeson, screened across Ireland, Norway and Newfoundland, Atlantic follows the fortunes of three fishing communities as we explore how we are managing our ocean resources.  Atlantic tells a story that needs to be told.

★★★★ The Irish Times |★★★★★ Sunday Business Post |★★★★ Irish Independent ★★★★ Entertainment.ie |★★★★ RTÉ |★★★★★ Sunday Independent

The film screening with with be followed by a talk. Speakers include Jim Flaherty fisherman Kilmore Quay and Damien Tiernan RTE

Bandages and Bullets

12.5 mins. HD 2016

Bandages and Bullets is a short documentary made by Terence White that explores the role of Cumann na mBan in the Easter Rising in Enniscorthy. It was commissioned by Wexford County Council and received it’s premiere on two large outdoor screens at the 1916 state celebrations in Enniscorthy on Easter Monday. It also forms part of the 1916 exhibition in the Athenaeum.

Everyday Rebellion

A film by Arman and Arash T. Riahi

“Everyday Rebellion” is a documentary about the power of the peaceful protests and the new forms of civil disobedience in a time of global upheavel.  The accompanying webseries “Creative Resistance” by ARTE Creative presents every week methods of peaceful protest that are presented by icons of the movements, activists, artists but also by creative users.

The film will be followed by a talk. Speakers include Ailbhe Murphy director at Create-Ireland the National Development Agency For Collaborative Arts , Sean Miller  Artist producer in residence FGU Rialto Dublin, Brian Fleming Percussionist, Producer and Theatre Maker (Spectacle of Defiance and Hope) Brian Hand Artist and Lecturer at ITCarlow.

Granny Power

Granny Power is a documentary about a very original activist movement – the Raging Grannies. Spanning 10 years, the film follows several passionate, activist grandmothers and their “gaggles” as they fight for peace, social justice and the environment.

From Occupy Wall Street sites in Canada and the U.S., to demontrations against nuclear arms, the Montebello G-20, arms fairs and protests at military recruitment centres, the film follows several Grannies – Muriel Duckworth, Alma Norman, Molly Klopot and Connie Graves among them – as they undertake surprising political guerrilla actions, challenging authorities and stereotypes alike.

Director Magnus Isacsson first encountered the Grannies while shooting scenes for films about major political, social and environmental issues. Most of our footage was shot in classical vérité style, by one of Canada’s best documentary cinematographers, Martin Duckworth.

Sunday 12 noon –

Here is an opportunity to see a pre-launch showing of a new film by Irish film makers.

Looking into an aspect of modern life that affects us all … with some surprising consequences. – 37 mins

Have You Seen The Arana

 A Film By Sunanda Bhat

In a world that has grown more dynamic and uncertain, where diversity and differences make way for standardization and uniformity, the film explores the effects of a rapidly changing landscape on lives and livelihoods. Set in Wayanad, in South India, ‘Have you seen the arana?’ is a journey through a rich and bio-diverse region that is witnessing drastic transformation in the name of ‘development’

A traditional healer’s concern over the disappearance of medicinal plants from the forest, a farmer’s commitment to growing traditional varieties of rice organically and a cash crop cultivator’s struggle to survive amidst farmers’ suicides, offer fresh insights into shifting relations between people, their knowledge systems and the environment.

Interwoven into contemporary narratives is an ancient tribal creation myth that traces the passage of their ancestors across this land, recalling past ways of reading and mapping the terrain.

As hills flatten, forests disappear and traditional knowledge systems are forgotten, the film reminds us that this diversity could disappear forever, to be replaced by monotonous and unsustainable alternatives

Hit and Stay

Directed by Joe Tropea and Skizz Cyzyk

On May 17, 1968, nine Catholic activists entered a Selective Service office in suburban Catonsville, Maryland, dragged stacks of draft records outside, and set them on fire with homemade napalm. They then prayed and waited to be arrested. After their trial captured national headlines others heard their call to action.

Between 1967-1972, there were hundreds of acts of civil disobedience against U.S. draft boards and the Dow Chemical Co., resulting in the destruction of hundreds of thousands of 1-A draft files and the orderly process of the U.S. government’s ability to wage war in Vietnam. Hit & Stay portrays the hidden history of the Action Community and the raids they staged that turned priests, nuns, and college students into fugitives and targets of the FBI.

Life is waiting poster

Life Is Waiting

a new film by director Iara Lee

chronicles this struggle. What will it take for the people of Western Sahara to reverse decades of broken promises and gain their freedom? What lessons does Sahrawi resistance offer for nonviolent movements around the world? In Life Is Waiting, join an incredible cast of Sahrawi activists and artists as they offer their answers.

Picking up the threds

Directed by Anne Marie Green

Ireland, it is claimed, is one of the safest places in the world to have a baby. But only if you don’t investigate the births that go fatally wrong. Between 2008 and 2013 dozens of women died in childbirth in Irish hospitals.
Only eight coroner’s inquests were held. All returned verdicts of medical misadventure.

The partners of the women who died had to fight long legal battles to have their loved ones’ deaths probed. What they found was a litany of repeated mistakes made by a dysfunctional maternity system.

In this documentary the partners of the women who died recount the events that led up to their deaths
and how they were stonewalled by the authorities when they subsequently sought answers. The midwives tell
us why the system will only change when hospitals are obliged to tell the truth in a coroner’s court. Until then
more young mothers are destined to die.

The film will be followed by a talk. Speakers include Jo Murphy Lawless, Sociology Dept TCD.  Anne Marie Green (director) Documentary Film Maker.  Mary Smith, Activist & former Midwife and Claire Daly TD.

FREE Art & Craft workshop with local Artist Mary Wallace upstairs in the Stella Maris centre from 1.30 – 3.30pm for ages 4+ (under 4’s welcome with parent/guardian).

A bus will leave Wexford train/bus station at 11am and return from Kilmore Quay at 4pm.

While the Workshop & Bus are free, private message the Elephant Collective facebook page as numbers are limited to the first 12.


Razor Fish

by Helen Williams

Freelance focus puller in London from 1990 to 2005. Her long association with Kilmore Quay inspired her to write this short film Razor Fish. Razor Fish Starring Brenda Fricker, Music score Liam Bates from Kilmore Quay. Set in a fishing village in Ireland, Molly faces divorce after thirty years of marriage.

Song of the sea

Directed by Tomm Moore

The enchanting Irish animation SONG OF THE SEA tells the story of Ben and his little sister Saoirse – the last Seal-child – who embark on a fantastic journey across a fading world of ancient legend and magic in an attempt to return to their home by the sea. The film takes inspiration from the mythological Selkies of Irish folklore, who live as seals in the sea but become humans on land.
SONG OF THE SEA, directed by Tomm Moore (The Secret of Kells) features the voices of Brendan Gleeson, Fionnula Flanagan, David Rawle, Lisa Hannigan, Pat Shortt and Jon Kenny.

Sunday 12 noon –

Here is an opportunity to see a pre-launch showing of a new film by Irish film makers.

Looking into an aspect of modern life that affects us all … with some surprising consequences. – 37 mins

The Divide

Directed By Katharine Round

As many Western countries have become richer, they’ve seemingly become unhappier; with fearful communities, health problems and violent deaths becoming more common not less. The Divide weaves together seven stories to paint a picture of how economic division creates social division.

Katharine Round is an English documentary filmmaker. She is founder of the production companies Literally Films and Disobedient Films.

The hand that feeds

A Film By Rachel Lears & Robin Blotnick

At a popular bakery café, residents of New York’s Upper East Side get bagels and coffee served with a smile 24 hours a day. But behind the scenes, undocumented immigrant workers face sub-legal wages, dangerous machinery, and abusive managers who will fire them for calling in sick. Mild-mannered sandwich maker Mahoma López has never been interested in politics, but in January 2012, he convinces a small group of his co-workers to fight back.

Risking deportation and the loss of their livelihood, the workers team up with a diverse crew of innovative young organizers and take the unusual step of forming their own independent union, launching themselves on a journey that will test the limits of their resolve. In one roller-coaster year, they must overcome a shocking betrayal and a two-month lockout. Lawyers will battle in back rooms, Occupy Wall Street protesters will take over the restaurant, and a picket line will divide the neighborhood. If they can win a contract, it will set a historic precedent for low-wage workers across the country. But whatever happens, Mahoma and his coworkers will never be exploited again.

We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists

Written and directed by Brian Knappenberger

WE ARE LEGION: THE STORY OF THE HACKTIVISTS takes us inside the world of Anonymous, the radical “hacktivist” collective that has redefined civil disobedience for the digital age. The film explores the historical roots of early hacktivist groups like Cult of the Dead Cow and Electronic Disturbance Theater and traces how they evolved and coalesced into Anonymous, a full-blown movement with global reach and extraordinary power. Around the world, governments and corporations are taking notice as this loosely organized underground group brings down websites and interrupts commerce. Could this be the beginning of a new and powerful voice for democratic ideals or another rogue player to beware?

Would you die for Ireland ? (2003)

Director John Byrne (12 minutes )

This short humorous film involved the mic- wielding artists John Byrne posing the emotive question “Would you die for Ireland?” to passers by on the streets of Dublin , Cork and Belfast. Those confronted also include members of the Defense forces, Gardaí, The Orange Order and the Taoiseach Bertie Ahern. The work examines notions of Patriotism.

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