Documentary Chippers to Screen at the IFI

| September 23, 2008

The Filmbase documentary Chippers is to premiere on Saturday 27th September at 12 am, at the IFI as part of the Stranger Than Fiction festival. Nino Tropiano’s hour-long documentary made its Italian premiere at the Hai Visto Mai documentary festival in Siena, where it was awarded a Special Mention.

Chippers tells the story of Dublin’s well-established community of four thousand Italians who have owned chip shops in the city since the 1900s. Five different families tell their stories and offer insight into the experience of how a small community has preserved their cultural identity and link with their country of origins, while at the same time seamlessly assimilating into their host country.

This film features archive footage of the city of Dublin and extracts of short documentaries sourced from the Irish Film Archive and from Istituto Luce (Italy). It is a nostalgic, melancholic and at times funny portrait of the early struggle and integration of this unique community.

The film was initially funded through the Filmbase/RTÉ Short Film Award scheme with additional funding by the Irish Film Board.

To book tickets, please go to www.ifi.ie

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