This Documentary film selection includes short and feature–length documentaries charting the evolution of modes of factual representation from the earliest days of actuality through the travelogues and informational films of the pre-television era to the full-blown theatrical documentary available today. A range of issues are explored by Irish and external observers with the work of leading documentarians John T Davis, Louis Marcus, Pat Collins and Ken Wardrop being of particular note.

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1916 Centenary Archive Shorts Programme 1

Various, 64 minutes, 1966

This Most Gallant Gentleman  A record of the return in 1965 of the exhumed body of Roger Casement, executed in London in 1916; the lying-in-state;  funeral procession and burial attended by Taoiseach Sean Lemass and other dignitaries. He was a…

1916: The Irish Rebellion

Pat Collins & Ruan Magan, 80 minutes, 2016

‘1916: The Irish Rebellion’ is a landmark documentary narrated by acclaimed actor and Irishman Liam Neeson.  It examines the 1916 Easter Rising in Dublin and the subsequent events that led to the establishment of an independent Irish State and indirectly to…



On the evening of November 23rd, 2012, in Jacksonville, Florida, African-American teenager Jordan Davis was shot ten times by Michael Dunn, a 45-year-old Caucasian man who objected to the loud music Jordan and his friends were playing in their car…

4th Act

Turlough Kelly, 74 minutes, 2017

A powerful documentary telling the story of the displacement of a Dublin working-class community through the film and video archives of the community itself. Drawing on hundreds of hours of local material from the past thirty years, the film explores…

7th Son

Narayan Van Maele, 2014

This short documentary by Narayan Van Maele focuses on the magical healing powers of the seventh son, as seen in figure of Mayo man Brian Lavin.

A Cambodian Spring

Chris Kelly, 121 minutes, 2017

An intimate portrait of three people caught up in the chaotic and often violent developments shaping modern-day Cambodia. Shot by Irish director Chris Kelly over six years, the film charts the gradual politicisation of two young mothers and one Buddhist monk, the growing…

A City Dreaming

Mark McCauley, 64minutes, 2014

A portrait of Derry-Londonderry. A series of personal and intimate recollections of a city and its people. A story that weaves its way through half a century of history during a time that saw the city rise from poverty and…

A Doctor’s Sword

Gary Lennon, 70 minutes, 2015

Coinciding with the 70th anniversary of the WWII bombing of Nagasaki, here is the almost unbelievable tale of a young man who survived some of the most harrowing episodes of World War II (including the atomic bombing of Nagasaki), and…

A Second of June

Frank Stapleton, 40 minutes, 1984

Frank Stapleton’s Ulyssean, richly textured day in the life of two young people wandering through the streets of Dublin set against a backdrop of street traders, amusement arcades and protests during the visit of President Ronald Reagan to Ireland in…
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