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IRELAND ON SUNDAY: CONGO: AN IRISH AFFAIR

Director: Brendan Culleton & Irina Maldea

90 minutes| 2011| Colour| Digi Beta


Ireland on Sunday is our monthly showcase for new Irish Film.

This film is a new exploration of the 1961 peacekeeping mission of the 35th Battalion of the Irish Army United Nations contingent to Katanga, a wealthy, mercenary-controlled province attempting to break away from the newly independent Congo. It is a study of the Irish State’s involvement in Congo affairs and of the role of two Irishmen, General Sean Mac Eoin, Supreme Commander of the UN forces in the Congo, and Conor Cruise O’Brien, UN Civil Representative in Katanga. It is also the story told through personal reminiscence and previously unseen archive film, of an Irish officer and his young soldiers who for one week in September 1961 were threatened with annihilation as they were surrounded at Jadotville, Congo.

Screening on the 50th anniversary of the Jadotville Ceasefire. Directors Brendan Culleton and Irina Maldea will participate in a post-screening Q&A.

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