Preview of Irish Film at IFI Stranger Than Fiction: Aisling Gheal


IFI Stranger Than Fiction (26 – 29 Sep, 2013)

Aisling Gheal 

Sunday, 29th July


Sean-nós is considered to be the holy grail of Irish traditional music and the Sean-nós singer is the living embodiment of a tradition that stretches far into Gaelic history. Aisling Gheal are a team of women passionately keeping Sean-nós alive and attracting young protégés all the time. Amongst them is 10-year-old Shahira Apraku who attends the local Gaelscoil and embodies an entire new generation of Irish speakers. Shahira’s journey, the struggles of the women, the songs of the Sean-nós and the flow of the Sullane river provide parallel intersecting narrative vehicles for this documentary, yielding insights into this part of our culture and challenging some of our key contemporary notions of ‘Irishness’ in the process.

Speaking to Film Ireland, director Dónal Ó Céilleachair said, “Aisling Gheal (Bright Vision) was originally pitched during industry-pitching sessions at the Stranger Than Fiction Film Festival 4 years ago, but due to a combination of a downturn in the economy and cut-backs in all sectors it’s taken almost that long for the project to finally come to fruition. It always impressed me how things so often come full-circle, so it’s great that it will now have its premiere at this years festival alongside so many other excellent national and international documentaries.”


There will be a post-screening Q&A with director Dónal Ó’Céilleachair hosted by filmmaker Martina Durac.


Tickets for all IFI Stranger Than Fiction films and panel discussions are on sale NOW at the IFI Box Office on 01 679 3477 and can also be booked on where you can find out full details all the films and events in IFI Stranger than Fiction.


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