The Irish Film Institute (IFI) today announced some early highlights for the IFI Documentary Festival which will run from 27 Sept – 1 Oct. Full details of the exciting and eclectic programme for the 2023 IFI Documentary Festival which will run over six days and nights will be announced in the coming weeks. 

This always much anticipated festival annually presents an intriguing mix of screenings, panel discussions and public interviews to enjoy in person with select screenings also available online on IFI@Home. Booking will open on Wed 23rd August at ifi.ie/docfest. 

The festival is programmed by IFI Head of Irish Film Programming Sunniva O’Flynn (Irish features) and IFI Head of Cinema Programming David O’Mahony (international titles). 

The curated selection of documentaries includes:

  • Fiona Hallinan’s Making Dust, about the demolition in 2021 of the Church of the Annunciation in Finglas (the second-largest Catholic Church in Ireland when it was built in 1967), structured around a deeply insightful essay by architectural historian Ellen Rowley.
  • Sarah Share’s The Graceless Age – The Ballad of John Murry, which follows Murry’s journey from Ireland to his native Mississippi, from devastation to redemption.
  • Sam Jones’s My Lost Russian Mother sees US citizen Gabe, returning to a remote Russian village in search of the mother he and his sister were taken from in childhood when they were adopted into America. 
  • Inna Sahakyan’s Aurora’s Sunrise follows 14-year-old Aurora who lost everything during the horror of the Armenian genocide of 1915. Two years later, she escaped to New York, where her story became a media sensation. With a blend of evocative animation, and interviews with Aurora herself, a forgotten story of survival is revived.
  • Jeanie Finlay’s Your Fat Friend, where Finlay follows Aubrey Gordon over a 6-year period, from anonymous blogger to best-selling author and co-host of the Maintenance Phase podcast. 

Select images can be downloaded here: https://we.tl/t-BfH3x9qOEG 

Keep updated as more titles are announced at: www.ifi.ie/docfest 

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IFI Documentary Festival is supported by RTÉ Supporting the Arts.

The IFI acknowledges the support of the Arts Council.

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