‘Aisling Gheal’ Selected for European Film Festival of India

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Aisling Gheal (Bright Vision) has been selected to represent Ireland in the 19th European Film Festival of India
The festival will tour 10 cities across India from March to July and features one film selected from each of the EU countries.
The Festival is organized by the Delegation of the European Union to India, Embassies of member states of the European Union and in conjunction with many partnering organisations throughout India.
Director Dónal Ó Céilleachair said: “We are honoured to learn that the sound of the songs of the sean-nós will be drifting through the air of cities like Delhi and Goa this Spring and Summer; somehow we do not think they will seem so out of place; likeancient tunes following their ancestral songlines and completing their pre-destined journeys back home”.

 

For full information Visit:

http://eeas.europa.eu/delegations/india/more_info/euff_2014_en.htm

 

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‘Aisling Gheal’ Screens at Tradfest

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Dónal Ó Céilleachair’s documentary Aisling Gheal will screen at the IFI, Dublin as part of Tradfest this weekend on Saturday 25th January at 3:30pm.

The film quietly observes the participants of a sean-nós singing programme in the Munster Gaeltacht. Focusing on the relationship between renowned singer and teacher Máire Ní Chéileachair and her talented student, 11-year-old Shahira Apraku, the film immerses us in age-old musical traditions while challenging our notions of ‘Irishness’ in the process.

Shahira Apraku and Máire Ní Chéileachair, one of the greatest living sean-nós singers, will perform after the screening on January 25th. 

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

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

Aisling Gheal 

Sunday, 29th July

16.00

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 www.ifi.ie/stf where you can find out full details all the films and events in IFI Stranger than Fiction.

 

Click here for a chance to win a pair of tickets to Sunday’s screening.

 

 

 

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Competition: Win tickets to ‘Aisling Gheal’ at IFI Stranger Than Fiction Documentary Film Festival

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The IFI Stranger Than Fiction Documentary Film Festival returns from September 26th to 29th at the Irish Film Institute in Temple Bar. This year’s festival promises outstanding documentaries from both Ireland and abroad, as well as shorts programmes and masterclasses throughout the four days, with many premieres and special guests in attendance.

Thanks to the good people at the IFI we have 2 pairs of tickets to Dónal Ó Céilleachair’s Aisling Gheal to give away. The film screens on Sunday, September 29th at 4pm and will be followed by a Q&A with the director.

To be in with a chance of winning yourself a pair, simply answer the following question:

Dónal Ó Céilleachair’s recent film Dreamtime, Revisited featured which Irish poet and philosopher?

Email filmireland@gmail.com with your answer before 5 pm on Friday, 27th September. Please leave a contact number.

 

About the film
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.

http://www.ifi.ie/film/aisling-gheal/

 

http://www.ifi.ie/stf 

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