Senior Cycle

To book IFI Education events please contact Richard or Aoife on 01 679 5744 or schools@irishfilm.ie.

Find out about each of this year’s Senior Cycle screenings by clicking the subjects below:

ENGLISH

FRENCH

GERMAN

SPANISH

GAEILGE

HISTORY

MUSIC

BUSINESS STUDIES

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

ART

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Keepers of the Flame
Apr 11, 10.45 (rated G) 
The story of generations dealing with the consequences of the War of Independence and Irish Civil War brought to light by the Military Pensions Archives. Historians, politicians, and family descendants interpret the testimonies from a formative era in Ireland’s history.
Co-writer and historian Diarmaid Ferriter will take part in a post-screening Q&A.

Black ’47
Apr 4, 10.45 (rated 15A) 
Set against the backdrop of The Great Famine, an Irish ranger flees the British army in 1847 to find his family starving and sets out to seek revenge. This boldly-told thriller is sure to provoke discussion about portraying history on screen.

Rosie
Apr 3, 10.30 (rated 12A) 
Written by Roddy Doyle, Rosie tells the story of a young mother’s attempts to protect her family after their landlord sells their rented home and they become homeless. A timely depiction of the housing crisis, Rosie also offers students of English insights into reflecting the world around them in their writing.
Roddy Doyle will take part in a post-screening Q&A.

Leave No Trace 
Apr 9, 10.30 (rated PG) 
A father and daughter attempt to live off the grid in the American wilderness, but find themselves forced into housing and wider society, bringing more challenges for the family in this gritty yet affecting story from the director of Leaving Cert comparative text Winter’s Bone. 

ENGLISH

NT Live Hamlet (Encore)
Feb 26, 10.15 (rec age 15+)
William Shakespeare’s Hamlet returns in this National Theatre Live presentation, first staged in 2015. Benedict Cumberbatch delivers a masterful interpretation of a Hamlet profoundly torn. Forced to avenge his father’s death but paralysed by the task ahead, Hamlet rages against the impossibility of his predicament, threatening both his sanity and the security of the state.

Pride
Mar 20, 10.30 (rated 15A)
Successful British film concerning the unlikely pairing of striking Welsh miners and gay rights activists from London in Thatcher-era Britain. Hilarious in places and heartfelt throughout, the film offers insights into prejudice and intolerance, while underlining the importance and impact of standing up for your rights.

FRENCH

Keeper
Feb 12, Mar 28 – 10.30 (rec age 15+)

This year’s senior French film choice for schools is the sensitive, realistic story of Maxime and Mélanie, a teen couple in love. When Mélanie comes pregnant, their world is rocked. As the pair try to decide what to do, they feel pressure coming at them from all sides.
Please note this film contains some strong sexual references and a scene with strobe lighting.
Presented in association with the French Cultural Service. Study guide available here.

Also showing around Ireland – click for locations.

GERMAN

The Silent Revolution
Feb 5 – 10.30 (rec age 15)
Captivating Cold War-era drama told from the perspective of two East German high school students. During a visit to West Berlin in 1956, Theo and Kurt witness dramatic footage of the violent Budapest uprising against Soviet forces. Back at school in Stalinstadt, they spontaneously stage a silent protest in class in support of the Hungarians who lost their lives.
Presented in co-operation with the Goethe-Institut Irland. Study guide available here.

Also showing around Ireland – click for locations. 

Here are some audience reactions to a recent Schools screening of The Silent Revolution. 

SPANISH

The Chessplayer
Mar 21 – 10.30 (rec age 15+)
Madrid, 1934. As the political landscape grows more threatening under Franco, Champion chessplayer Diego and his French wife move to Paris, only to later
find themselves in the midst of Nazi occupation. When Diego becomes falsely imprisoned, he must use chess to earn the trust of his captors. The Chessplayer tells a humanist story of an ordinary man caught up in extraordinary circumstances, and offers students a Spanish perspective on this turbulent era of European history. In association with Consejería de Educación, Embassy of Spain. Study guide available here.

Also screening around Ireland – click for locations.

GAEILGE

An tSaothraí
Mar 13, Mar 14 – 10.30 (rated 12A)
I gcomhair Sheachtain na Gaeilge taispeánfar an beochan fada is déanaí ón stiúideo Éireannach Cartoon Saloon. Tá an scéal suite in 2001 in Cabúl atá faoi smacht an Talaban, agus insíonn sé scéal Parvana, cailín aon bhliain déag d’aois, a ligeann uirthi gur buachaill í le soláthar dá teaghlach agus le hiarracht a dhéanamh saol a athar a shábháil.

Set in 2001 in Taliban-controlled Kabul, this extraordinary animation from Irish studio Cartoon Saloon tells the story of 11 year-old Parvana who conceals her identity to provide for her family and try to save her father’s life.

***Screening in Irish Language with English Subtitles***

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Katie
Mar 26 – 10.30 (rated 12A) 
After a disastrous campaign at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, Irish boxer, Katie Taylor turned professional. This revealing documentary follows Taylor as she attempts to get back on track following that major blow to her career. Students of PE will find much to discuss including gender in sport, going professional, and planning for optimum performance.

 


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