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Documentary

This Documentary film selection includes short and feature–length documentaries charting the evolution of modes of factual representation from the earliest days of actuality through the travelogues and informational films of the pre-television era to the full-blown theatrical documentary available today. A range of issues are explored by Irish and external observers with the work of leading documentarians John T Davis, Louis Marcus, Pat Collins and Ken Wardrop being of particular note.

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3½ MINUTES, 10 BULLETS

MARC SILVER,

This film was released on Friday 2nd October 2015 and is no longer screening.  On the evening of November 23rd, 2012, in Jacksonville, Florida, African-American teenager Jordan Davis was shot ten times by Michael Dunn, a 45-year-old Caucasian man who…

The 34th: The Story of Marriage Equality

Linda Cullen
Vanessa Gildea
, 78 minutes, 2017

Spanning a decade that culminated in the 34th amendment to the Irish constitution, Linda Cullen and Vanessa Gildea’s IFTA-nominated documentary feature follows the founders and members of the Marriage Equality in Ireland organisation as they campaigned for the extension of…

406 Days

Joe Lee, 90 minutes, 2023

Joe Lee (Fortune’s Wheel) focuses on the plight of the 1,000 Irish Debenhams workers who were made redundant in April 2020 when Debenhams UK Retail Ltd. shut all 11 Irish stores including their flagship store on Dublin's Henry Street. The…

4th Act

Turlough Kelly, 74 minutes, 2017

A powerful documentary telling the story of the displacement of a Dublin working-class community through the film and video archives of the community itself. Drawing on hundreds of hours of local material from the past thirty years, the film explores…

7th Son

Narayan Van Maele, 2014

This short documentary by Narayan Van Maele focuses on the magical healing powers of the seventh son, as seen in figure of Mayo man Brian Lavin.

The 8th

Aideen Kane,
Lucy Kennedy,
Maeve O'Boyle., 94 minutes, 2020

The 8th traces Ireland’s campaign to remove the 8th Amendment - a constitutional ban on abortion, and shows a country’s transformation from a conservative state in thrall to the Catholic church to a more liberal secular society. The film includes voices…

99 Problems

Ross Killeen, 13 minutes, 2018

The inside scoop on the murky world of the ice cream business.

A Cambodian Spring

Chris Kelly, 121 minutes, 2017

An intimate portrait of three people caught up in the chaotic and often violent developments shaping modern-day Cambodia. Shot by BAFTA-nominated Irish director Chris Kelly over six years, the film charts the gradual politicisation of two young mothers and one Buddhist monk,…

A City Dreaming

Mark McCauley, 64minutes, 2014

A portrait of Derry-Londonderry. A series of personal and intimate recollections of a city and its people. A story that weaves its way through half a century of history during a time that saw the city rise from poverty and…

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