Documentaries by women is one of the themes of this year’s Guth Gafa International Documentary Film Festival which takes place at Headfort House and in Kells, County Meath on 2-4 October.
Over the weekend 30 of the latest international and Irish documentaries, including 17 Irish premieres , will be screened in five pop-up cinemas at Headfort House and in Kells.
The programme includes Sundance, IDFA and Tribeca 2015 winners plus a record number of international and Irish directors will be in attendance at the festival, including some of the current leading women filmmakers who will present their films and share their expertise.
Internationally-acclaimed director Kim Longinotto will be there to talk about her latest film, Dreamcatcher, which focuses on Brenda Myers-Powell, a former prostitute who runs the Dreamcatcher Foundation, which is helping young women in Chicago break the cycle of violence and sexual exploitation.
One of the highlights of this year’s programme is the extraordinary and multi-award winning Something Better to Come, in which Polish filmmaker, Hanna Polak follows the life of 10- year-old Yula, who lives on a landfill site on the outskirts of Moscow, through her teen years into adulthood.
Guth Gafa also welcomes German filmmaker, Helen Simon who will present her award-winning film, No Lullaby, which unveils a tough but compelling story of intergenerational child abuse and the tragic consequence of disclosure.
Scottish director, Karen Guthrie turns the camera on herself in the very personal The Closer We Get which uncovers her father’s secret life which only came to life after her mother had suffered a stroke.
French filmmaker, Laurent Becue-Renard whose deeply affecting film Of Men and War takes a tough look at the impact of PTSD on a group of US veterans who fought in Iraq will be at the festival.
This film won Best Feature Doc at IDFA and a special Jury Award at San Francisco Film Festival and was nominated for the European Film Awards.
There are films about emerging democracies and the fall out of war, films about food and the environment.
Irish films feature strongly, among them I mBéal na Stoirme, After the Dance, Abasezi –The Night Dancers ,
Eat Your Children, Journey To Yu (In the Footsteps of Rebecca West) and the shorts, Queen of the Plough and Let Those Blues In.
For children, The Secret of Kells and Song of the Sea will screen. There’s also an exciting programme of films and events for young adults, and for music lovers, there will be a special screening of the critically-acclaimed Amy, the documentary about Amy Winehouse, and a live performance from Mundy at the festival club in Kells on Saturday night.
Full programme and booking details are available on the Guth Gafa website guthgafa.com.