Galway City of Film concludes its 100 Years of Irish Cinema programme with a look at Contemporary Irish Documentary as Social Commentary. Paula Kehoe, Galway-based Australian filmmaker, has chosen three seminal Irish documentaries that will screen at An Taibhdhearc Theatre from 12pm on Saturday afternoon, December 3rd. The films and discussion are FREE to attend and tickets will operate on a first come, first served basis so get there early!

The theme of this screening centres around ‘Documentary as Social Commentary’ and ‘Why Documentary Matters’ and includes work from three prolific filmmakers who, through their documentaries, witness and participate in the national conversation about identity, social issues, art, culture, colonisation and revolution. These filmmakers are three of Ireland’s best and most influential documentary directors and all three will attend the screenings and take part in a discussion about their work.

The screening starts at 12pm with Living in a Coded Land (80 mins) by Pat Collins, a poetic exploration of what Ireland was, is or might be, – over time, at different times, beneath all its layers. Following this at 2.15pm will be The Road to God Knows Where (52 mins) by Alan Gilsenan. This documentary is an edgy, iconoclastic, and at the time controversial state-of-the-nation snapshot of Ireland in 1988. This is a time of pre-Celtic Tiger Ireland, a transformational decade, a time of mass unemployment and emigration. At 3.20pm Broken Song (66 mins) by Claire Dix will screen, a contemporary and observational documentary about a group of young male rappers who rely on poetry to survive.

Following the screenings from 4.20pm to 5.30pm, the featured Directors will be in conversation with filmmaker Paula Kehoe.

Tickets are FREE and operated on a first come first served basis. Details of 100 Years of Cinema events at www.galwayfilmcentre.ie

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