Director: Irina Maldea & Brendan Culleton

50 mins, Ireland, 2018, Digital

This film screened 8th May 2018.

Directors Irina Maldea and Brendan Culleton will be present at this screening.

Ireland and Nigeria: a world apart and yet intimately connected by traumatic events that took place 50 years ago, which would have attracted little attention here but for the fact that Nigeria was home to thousands of Irish people.

In the midst of a tragic civil war, Irish missionaries defied a cynical international cartel to save millions from starvation, and became international media celebrities. But at the end of the war, they were expelled from Nigeria, accused of prolonging the conflict.

The film brings together eyewitness accounts and a rich tapestry of film archive to present a remarkable episode in the history of Ireland and Nigeria, now wiped from the public memory of both countries.

Notes by Sunniva O’Flynn

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