Irish filmmaker Tadhg O’Sullivan has sent us the trailer for his second feature documentary The Great Wall, which will have its world premiere at the Jameson Founded in 2003, the Dublin International Film Festival sets the agenda of the year with its programme of outstanding Irish and international film. on March 23rd.
Funded by the Arts Council under the highly successful Reel Art scheme for creative documentary, the film is an adaptation of a short story by Franz Kafka and looks at the enclosure and protection of Europe by a complex and growing system of walls, fences and systems of exclusion.
Mysterious and visually dazzling, the film journeys across a myriad of modern landscapes across Europe, pausing to spend time with those whose lives are defined by these walls – detainees within European migrant camps.
The film was shot in eleven countries over a year, and takes the viewer on a remarkable journey beginning at Europe’s militarised edge – Melilla, a Spanish enclave in North Africa where Europe’s only land border with Africa is marked by a three metre, triple layer barbed fence – to the City of London and Brussels, seats of financial and political power and exclusion – and a dazzling array of locations in between.
The Great Wall is Tadhg O’Sullivan’s second feature documentary, with his debut (co-directed with Feargal Ward), Yximalloo, also screening at JDIFF, on March 28th.