Irish Film Institute -THE DAYS OF TREES


Director: Alan Gilsenan

90 mins, Ireland, 2023, Digital, Black & White

Special Celebratory Q&A Screening
Winner of The George Morrison Feature Documentary Award, IFTA 2024

In this highly original feature documentary, Tomás, a middle-aged film producer, embarks on a journey of discovery with his friend and colleague, film director, Alan. As they progress, we witness first-hand Tomás’s unearthing of fresh and startling childhood happenings which had somehow eluded his memory. What follows is a profound pilgrimage towards uncovering how sporadic crises in adulthood, amidst an otherwise ‘normal’ life, had their roots in sophisticated sexual abuse by Christian Brothers in the late 1960s.

There is considerable beauty in this psychological excavation, the shadowy black and white palette lending intimacy to the unflinchingly honest testimony. This is the story of a man, not seeking vengeance, but seeking to transcend the trauma of his troubled past, ultimately finding redemption.

The Days of Trees reunites director Alan Gilsenan and producer Tomás Hardiman to complete the third in their loose trilogy with the acclaimed Meetings with Ivor and The Meeting.

This encore screening on Monday, May 20th at 18.30 will be followed by a Q&A with Alan Gilsenan and Tomás Hardiman, hosted by archivist and broadcaster Catriona Crowe.

Notes by Sunniva O’Flynn

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