DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL 2017: FESTIVAL GUESTS

  Elián: Trevor Birney

Trevor Birney is an award-winning journalist, producer, and director. In the past eighteen months, he has produced 66 Days: Bobby Sands, directed by Brendan J Byrne, and Best: All By Himself, directed by Daniel Gordon. He was an Executive Producer on the Galway Film Fleadh-winning documentary, Rocky Ros Muc. Previously he co-produced Alex Gibney’s Mea Maxima Culpa. His company, Fine Point Films, which he set up in 2014, is based in Belfast. Tickets

Kevin Roche: The Quiet Architect: Mark Noonan and John Flahive

Mark Noonan is an Irish film director whose debut feature You’re Ugly Too was selected for the Berlin Film Festival in 2015. Kevin Roche: The Quiet Architect is his follow-up and documentary feature début. John Flahive is an Irish producer who also makes his début with Kevin Roche: The Quiet Architect. Before this he worked for many years as a sales agent representing films at markets and festivals worldwide. Tickets 

Butterfly City: Olga Černovaitė and Jeremiah Cullinane

Olga Černovaitė initially studied chemistry at Vilnius University before studying Film at the Baltic Film & Media School in Estonia. She has been living in Ireland for the past five years, and Butterfly City is her second documentary film. Jeremiah Cullinane studied film at Concordia University, Montreal, and ESEC, Paris. In 2005 he co-founded Dublin-based production company Planet Korda Pictures through which he directs and produces mainly creative feature documentaries for the international market. Tickets

  Rocky Ros Muc: Michael Fanning and Máire Bhreathnach

Michael Fanning is an award-winning producer and director who has produced a range of current affairs and factual programmes for both network and regional broadcasters. He is Managing Director of Below the Radar. Máire Bhreathnach is originally from the Donegal Gaeltacht of Gort a Choirce. She is a respected broadcaster and producer and has presented a number of TV series for both TG4 and BBC NI. Tickets

  Jaha’s Promise: Patrick Farrelly and Kate O’Callaghan

Patrick Farrelly and Kate O’Callaghan worked with Michael Moore in the 1990s on his award-winning satirical series, TV Nation and the Awful Truth. Their HBO documentary Left of the Dial was Emmy nominated. Nuala, a film they made about Nuala O’Faolain, won Best Irish Film at the Dublin Film Festival, and Voices from the Grave, a film about the IRA’s Brendan Hughes and the UVF’s David Ervine, won an IFTA for Best Documentary. Tickets

  Jaha’s Promise: Jaha Dukureh

Jaha Dukureh was born in the Gambia in West Africa. She underwent female genital mutilation as a baby and, at 15, Jaha was taken to New York to marry a man she’d never met before. In 2014 she launched a successful Gambian campaign against FGM and child marriage. In 2016 Time named her one of the 100 Most Influential People. She is a leader of continent-wide campaign against FGM and child marriage in Africa. Tickets

  A Cambodian Spring: Chris Kelly

Chris Kelly is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and the founder of Little Ease Films. He has spent the last nine years making his first feature documentary A Cambodian Spring which recently won the Special Jury Prize for International Feature Documentary at Toronto Hot Docs 2017 and Best Documentary at the Brooklyn Film Festival 2017. He is a regular contributor to the Guardian newspaper and is currently developing an animated feature film about slavery in the Thai fishing industry. Tickets

  Motherland: Ramona S Diaz

Ramona S Diaz is an award-winning Asian-American filmmaker best known for her compelling character-driven documentaries that combine a profound appreciation for cinematic aesthetics and potent storytelling. Her films include Spirits Rising, Imelda, The Learning, and Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey. Motherland, screening at the IFI Documentary Festival, won the Best Editing award in the World Cinema Documentary category at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. Tickets

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