Irish Film Institute -IRISH FOCUS: Ó BHÉAL


Director: Ciara Nic Chormaic

70 mins, Ireland, 2023, Digital, Subtitled

Ó Bhéal is a cinematic exploration of the rise of Hip Hop and electronic artists in Ireland, musicians who embrace oral traditions of folklore, ancient poetry and sean nós singing to create a new fusion sound, a culture clash through music. An ensemble piece, featuring Irish language rappers Seán ‘Mory’ Ó Muirgheasa and Oisín Mac, producer and multiinstrumentalist Fehdah, and Limerick rapper Strange Boy. The film delves deep into these four artists’ process and how they are breaking new ground in Irish music.

Through insightful interviews, gigs and studio recording footage, director Ciara Nic Chormaic (Clouded Reveries, Skin + Soul) captures the emergence of Irish Hip Hop as a unique, vital sub-genre which tells Irish stories in Irish accents, and connects history and heritage with contemporary music.

This screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Ciara Nic Chormaic and rapper Oisín Mac, hosted by Siún Ní Dhuinn (RTÉ).

Notes by Sunniva O’Flynn

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