Men at Lunch (Lón sa Spéir)

Director: Seán Ó Cualáin

Amidst the Great Depression eleven New York workers sit on a girder and eat lunch in the famous ‘Lunch Atop A Skyscraper’ photograph which forms the subject of this documentary. Time is invested in authenticating the photograph and uncovering the workers’ identities; however Men at Lunch’s great interest is in understanding the spirit of New York City. The workers are used as a gateway to explore New York’s cultural melting pot and to understand how Irish, Jewish, African-American, Italian and other cultures came together physically and spiritually to build New York. Perched between social and personal history, director Seán Ó Cualáin finds New York’s high rise skyline symbols of people overcoming adversity in both past and present, from the Great Depression to the terrorist attacks on September 11th 2001.

Special Irish Language Award at the 10th Irish Film and Television Awards 2013

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