Irish Film Series Is Back for Third Year

John Hume talk planned for BC screening of 'Bloody Sunday' film

By Rosanne Pellegrini
Staff Writer

The United States premiere of a film on the 1972 "Bloody Sunday" riot in Northern Ireland, followed by a talk by Nobel Laureate John Hume, will highlight the Boston College Irish Studies Program's third annual Irish Film Series, which kicks off later this month.

The series will showcase contemporary Irish feature films and a number of new documentaries. Boston College will host screenings of the documentaries, and feature films will be shown at West Newton Cinema, which has provided support for the series along with the Film Institute of Ireland.

Opening the series on Feb. 24 at 7 p.m. in West Newton Cinema will be "When Brendan Met Trudy," written by popular novelist Roddy Doyle, author of The Commitments and The Snapper, which were also adapted for the screen.

The first film to be shown at BC will be "The Forgotten Ten," on Feb. 25 at 6:30 p.m. in Devlin 001. The film tells of 10 Irish volunteers executed for their part in the war against Britain and buried in Dublin's Mountjoy Prison, where their bodies lay for 80 years until they were finally honored with a state funeral last October.

On March 13, BC will host the American debut of "Sunday," a dramatized reconstruction of events surrounding Jan. 30, 1972, when British troops opened fire on a civil rights march in Derry, killing 13 people. "Sunday" is based entirely on British government documents, interviews, eyewitness reports and court transcripts. The film will be shown at 5 p.m. in Devlin 008.

Hume, who shared the 1998 Nobel Peace Prize with David Trimble, is scheduled to speak after the film. Hume, long considered Northern Ireland's leading Catholic politician, was deputy leader for the Social Democratic and Labour Party in Derry at the time of the riot.

Tickets for films at West Newton Cinema are $8.50. Admission to the films on the BC campus is free.

More information on the series is available at the Irish Studies World Wide Web site, www.bc.edu/irish.

 

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