Irish Film Institute -IRISH FOCUS: I MUST AWAY + Q&A



75 mins, Ireland-Sweden-Chile, 2023, Digital, Subtitled

Dennis left Ireland during the financial crisis to find work abroad. Hashem, a politician, fled Bangladesh for Spain when a change in government triggered threats to his life. Alicia left Peru for Chile, and then Chile for Spain, after falling into debt selling goods on the streets. By age 18, Ali had fled Afghanistan, Iran, and Sweden, finally reaching France, where he hoped to secure asylum. Mary, Dennis’s grandmother, stayed in Ireland for most of her life, and lived just a few miles from where she was born.

In his first feature, director Dennis Harvey explores what it means to be a migrant. Narrated through a series of letters to his grandmother, the film disentangles roots, land and identity, and explores the unequal distribution of privilege in this age of global migration.

Also screening:

The Building and Burning of a Refugee Camp

Three men seeking sanctuary in Ireland find themselves caught on the streets between a hostile asylum policy and an increasingly militant far-right.

20 mins, Ireland, 2024, Digital

Director Dennis Harvey will join us for a post-screening Q&A.

Notes by Sunniva O’Flynn

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Wednesday 20th