Irish Film Institute -THE LIBERTIES


Director: Tom Burke & Shane Hogan

Ireland • 2009 • 90 mins

Unlike anything else you will see in this year’s festival, The Liberties is the film equivalent of a portrait gallery. A series of 12 beautifully crafted short films, each focuses on a different microcosm within Dublin’s Liberties community. For example, we meet the man who raised seven daughters in a two bedroom flat; the stone sculptor set to retire after sixty years of work; the evangelical church reaching out with bingo; and the Oscar-winning actress who would live nowhere else in the world. In honouring each individual story, The Liberties becomes a wonderful celebration of this unique community. Screens with: Clubs are Trumps (1959, 22mins) Preserved at the Irish Film Archive, this film shows a youth club in the Liberties – and the valiant attempts by a local Augustinian priest to gainfully occupy local youths and to protect them from the evils of city life. Tom Burke and Shane Hogan will participate in a post screening Q&A.

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