Irish Films in Cinema 2015

 

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11 Minutes (Jerzy Skolimowski)

4th December

 

The lives of urbanites intertwine in a world where anything can happen at any time.

Reviewed here

 

The Hallow (Corin Hardy)

13th November

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A family who move into a remote milllhouse in Ireland find themselves in a fight for survival with demonic creatures living in the woods.

Reviewed here

 

Night People (Gerard Lough)

13th November

A pair of professional but badly mismatched criminals break into a vacant house to carry out an insurance scam. Awkwardly thrown together with an hour to kill, they reluctantly start telling each other tall tales.

Reviewed here

 

Brooklyn (John Crowley)

6th November

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Set in the early 1950s, Brooklyn is the story of a young woman, Eilis (Saoirse Ronan) who moves from small town Ireland to Brooklyn, NY where, unlike home, she has the opportunity for work and for a future – and love, in the shape of Italian-American Tony (Emory Cohen).  When a family tragedy brings her back to Ireland, she finds herself absorbed into her old community, but now with eligible Jim (Domhnall Gleeson) courting her.  As she repeatedly postpones her return to America, Eilis finds herself confronting a terrible dilemma – a heart-breaking choice between two men and two countries.

Brooklyn is adapted from Colm Tóibín’s New York Times Bestseller by Nick Hornby  and directed by John Crowley.

Reviewed here

 

The Legend Of Longwood (Lisa Mulcahy)

23rd October

 

When 12-year-old Mickey Miller moves with her family from New York to Ireland, she soon discovers a mysterious link between herself and the 300-year-old legend of the mysterious Black Knight, who regularly haunts the sleepy Irish village of Longwood. With her new best friend in tow, Mickey sets out to redeem the knight while saving a precious herd of white horses and thwarting the evil plans of a greedy, ambitious woman  – a mighty handful even for the bravest girl.

Reviewed here

 

The Queen Of Ireland (Conor Horgan)

21st October

 

Conor Horgan’s documentary follows Rory O’Neill’s journey from the small Mayo town of Ballinrobe to striding the world stage. The film takes us behind the scenes with his alter ego Panti in the year she became the symbol of Ireland’s march towards marriage equality.

Reviewed here

 

The Hit Producer (Kevin de la Isla)

 

A struggling movie producer in search of an investor reluctantly follows the promise of money into Dublin’s drug underworld where she witnesses a botched murder attempt.

 

The Lobster (Yorgos Lanthimos)

16th October

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The Lobster is a love story set in the near future where single people, according to the rules of The City, are arrested and transferred to The Hotel.  There they are obliged to find a matching mate in 45 days.  If they fail, they are transformed into an animal of their choosing and released into The Woods.  A desperate Man escapes from The Hotel to The Woods where The Loners live and falls in love, although it is against their rules.

Reviewed here

 

Talking to My Father (Sé Merry Doyle)

16th October

 

Talking to my Father features two voices from two eras each concerned with how we as a nation understand the architecture that surrounds our lives. Modern architecture in Ireland reached a high point in the early sixties and one of its most celebrated and influential figures was Robin Walker.

Reviewed here

 

Tana Bana (Pat Murphy)

9th October

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In Varanasi, the uneasy peace between Hindu and Moslem hinges on the world renowned silk weaving.  The existence of this ancient Hindu city depends upon Moslem weavers.

Reviewed here

 

Ghosthunters – On Icy Trails (Tobi Baumann)

2nd October

 

Based on the bestselling novel “Ghosthunters and the Incredibly Revolting Ghost” by Cornelia Funke, Ghosthunters – On Icy Trails, which features Amy Huberman, follows a young boy Tom who discovers an ASG, an Averagely Spooky Ghost called Hugo in his cellar.  He soon realizes that Hugo is not only completely harmless, but also desperately needs his help. Hugo cannot go back to his haunted house, because a dangerous AIG, an Ancient Ice Ghost, has moved in and is spreading an arctic cold over the entire town in the middle of summer. Tom and Hugo go to professional ghost-hunter Hetty Cuminseed, who doesn’t like children or ghosts very much, and who just lost her job at the CGI, the Central Ghosthunting Institute. Hetty teaches Tom and Hugo the basics of ghost-hunting and the three become an unusual team: only with friendship, courage and self-confidence can they overcome their adversary and save the town from the AIG.

Reviewed here

 

Older Than Ireland (Alex Fegan)

25th September

 

Older Than Ireland features thirty men and women aged 100 years and over. Often funny and at times poignant, the film explores each centenarian’s journey, from their birth at the dawn of Irish independence to their life as a centenarian in modern day Ireland. Older Than Ireland ‘s observational style offers a rare insight into the personal lives of these remarkable individuals.

Reviewed here

 

Pursuit (Paul Mercier)

18th September

A modern take on the legend of Diarmuid and Gráinne – a contemporary myth about the pursuit of power, class, love and the chance to start again.

Reviewed here

 

The Callback Queen (Graham Cantwell)

11th September

 

In the cut-throat London film industry a vivacious actress chasing her big break struggles to maintain her integrity in the face of the director’s advances

 

The Great Wall ( Tadhg O’Sullivan)

21st August

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This bold new documentary, an adaptation of a Kafka story, looks at the enclosure of Europe by a complex system of walls and fences. Mysterious and visually dazzling, the film journeys across a range of European landscapes, and encounters those whose lives are defined by these walls – detainees within European migrant camps. [IFI Programme Notes]

Reviewed here

 

A Doctor’s Sword (Gary Lennon)

7th August

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Tells the incredible story of Aidan MacCarthy, a young doctor from West Cork who survived some of the most harrowing episodes of World War II (including the atomic bombing of Nagasaki) and his family’s search to uncover the origin of the Japanese Samurai sword, which now resides in MacCarthy’s Bar in Castletownbere.

 

 

You’re Ugly Too (Mark Noonan)

10th July

 

Will (Aidan Gillen) is released from prison on compassionate leave to care for his niece Stacey after the death of her mother. As they both head into the sleepy Irish midlands and attempt to be a family, they suffer a series of setbacks; Stacey is refused admission to the local school because of her recently developed narcolepsy; Will repeatedly comes close to breaking his prison-ordered curfew; and his attempts at being a father figure to her prove disastrous…As their future hangs in the balance they must search for a new way forward together.

Reviewed here

 

 

Song of the Sea (Tomm Moore)

10th July

Tomm Moore’s Oscar-nominated animated feature tells the story of the last Seal Child’s journey home. After their mother’s disappearance, Ben and Saoirse are sent to live with Granny in the city. When they resolve to return to their home by the sea, their journey becomes a race against time as they are drawn into a world Ben knows only from his mother’s folktales. But this is no bedtime story; these fairy folk have been in our world far too long. It soon becomes clear to Ben that Saoirse is the key to their survival.

Reviewed here

 

Let Us Prey (Brian O’Malley)

12th June

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Rachel, a rookie cop, is about to begin her first nightshift in a neglected police station in a Scottish, backwater town. The kind of place where the tide has gone out and stranded a motley bunch of the aimless, the forgotten, the bitter-and-twisted who all think that, really, they deserve to be somewhere else. They all think they’re there by accident and that, with a little luck, life is going to get better. Wrong, on both counts. Six is about to arrive – and All Hell Will Break Loose!

Reviewed here

 

Queen and Country (John Boorman)

12th June

The sequel to Boorman’s 1987 Academy Award®-nominated picture, Queen and Country takes place in 1952. Bill Rohan is eighteen years old, dreaming his life away at the family’s riverside home, waiting to be called up for two years’ conscription in the British Army. His idyll is shattered by the harsh realities of boot camp. He meets Percy, an amoral prankster; they are rivals and antagonists, but they gradually forge a deep friendship in the claustrophobic environment of a closed, prison-like training camp. The pressure is briefly relieved by excursions into the outside world, where they both fall in love. Finally, Bill is confronted with the shattered lives of wounded boys returning from Korea.

Reviewed here

 

Fortune’s Wheel (Joe Lee)

5th June

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Fortune’s Wheel is a documentary feature film about Bill Stephens, an ordinary young man in 1950s Ireland with an extraordinary ambition: to become an international circus star.  It is also a love story about Bill and his young and beautiful wife May, from East Wall.  Their double act, Jungle Capers, Bill Stephens and Lovely Partner, was a series of death-defying feats with a troupe of lions and dogs designed to thrill audiences in the circus tent and on the stage.  With this act they hoped to break free from the suffocating reality of Irish life, but things went terribly wrong when, in November 1951, one of their animals escaped.
The story gained national and international attention at the time, but it is only now – after 60 years of silence – that two families and a community have come together to tell the story in full.

Reviewed here

 

The Canal (Ivan Kavanagh)

8th May

Set in rural Ireland, The Canal stars Rupert Evans as David, a film archivist with a morbid fascination for old films in which the subjects have since died. Right after learning that his wife may be cheating on him, she mysteriously disappears at the same time that his assistant Claire finds an old reel of film that points to a murder that took place in his house a hundred years ago. David starts to suspect her disappearance may involve some form of the supernatural but he also quickly becomes the prime suspect.

Reviewed here

 

Get Up & Go (Brendan Grant)

1st May

A slacker comedy which chronicles a hectic 24 hours in the life of would-be comedian Coilin (Killian Scott) and frustrated musician Alex (Peter Coonan). When Alex’s girlfriend tells him she’s pregnant, he refuses to allow her to derail his long-held plan to escape to London. Meanwhile the hapless Coilin is striking out on stage and off, as he attempts to get his faltering comedy career off the ground and win the heart of his dream girl. With time ticking down to Alex’s departure, the mismatched pair will be forced to confront the reality of their childhood dreams of artistic greatness while their lifelong friendship is tested to the limit.

Reviewed here

 

Two by Two (Toby Genkel, Sean McCormack)

1st May

It’s the end of the world. A flood is coming. Luckily for Finny and his dad Dave, a couple of clumsy Nestrians, an Ark has been built and all animals are welcome… well almost all. Unfortunately for them, Nestrians are not on the list! But Dave has a plan, and Finny and he manage to sneak onto the Ark disguised as Grymps – much to the horror of real Grymps, Hazel and her daughter Leah.

However their troubles are just beginning as the two curious youngsters end up falling over board. Now Finny and Leah have to brave the elements in their quest to find higher ground while fighting off hungry predators and making unlikely friends. Meanwhile on board the Ark the parents must set aside their differences and hatch a plan to turn the boat around and make it back in time to rescue their kids.

Reviewed here

 

Glassland (Gerard Barrett)

17th April

In in a desperate bid to save his mother from addiction and unite his broken family, a young taxi driver on the fringes of the criminal underworld is forced to take a job which will see him pushed further into its underbelly. But will John be prepared to act when the time comes knowing that whatever he decides to do, his and his family’s lives will be changed forever.

Reviewed here

 

 I Used To Live Here (Frank Berry)

3rd April

I Used To Live Here follows Amy Keane, a 13-year-old trying to cope with the death of her mother and the reappearance of her father’s ex-girlfriend, who experiences the temptation of suicide after witnessing the outpouring of love for a local suicide victim. The film takes a fictional look at how the idea of suicide can spread in communities, particularly among young people.

Reviewed here

 

In A House That Ceased To Be (Ciarín Scott)

13th March

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A documentary that focuses on Irish humanitarian and children’s rights activist Christina Noble, whose unwavering commitment and selfless efforts have seen her change the lives of countless children and families for the better since 1989. Her drive stems from a childhood in Ireland fraught with poverty, loss and institutional abuse. However, despite achieving so much in the face of adversity and the success of her global children’s foundation, Christina remains scarred by the memory of the three children she was unable to save, namely her own brother and two sisters, from whom she was separated at a very young age. Hundreds of thousands have benefitted as a result of her courage, daring and steadfast dedication to protecting the vulnerable from the evils of the world, but is it possible for Christina to put her own family back together after being separated for fifty-three years?

 

Patrick’s Day (Terry McMahon) 

6th February

 

 

A young man with mental health issues becomes intimate with a suicidal air hostess, but his obsessive mother enlists a dysfunctional cop to separate them.

Reviewed here

 

Apples of the Golan (Keith Walsh & Jill Beardsworth)

16th January

The epic story of one village in the Israeli occupied Golan Heights. Before the Six Day War, Majdal Shams was one of 139 villages in the Golan Heights region. Only five remain. Over 130,000 Syrian Arabs were forced from their homes never to return. Amongst those who remain a stoic pragmatism prevails, Israel their home, Syria their homeland. Neither is paradise. They are too few to fight. The apples are the people’s bombs.

Reviewed here

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Interview: Keith Walsh, Co-director of ‘Apples of the Golan’

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Keith Walsh talks to Film Ireland about Apples of the Golan, which documents the precarious existence of the Druze village of Majdal Shams in the occupied Golan Heights.

Apples of the Golan, Keith Walsh and Jill Beardsworth’s fascinating documentary, attempts to tell part of the complex story of the village of Majdal Shams in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. The opening narrative tells us that before the 1967 Six Day War, there were 139 Arab villages in the Golan Heights region. Israel seized the Golan Heights from Syria during that war – and now only five villages remain. All of the others were destroyed. Over 138,000 Syrian Arabs were forced from their homes. The documentary tells the tale of the Druze community, the people of a ‘forgotten occupation’, that live in one of those five remaining villages, Majdal Shams,

Keith Walsh explains how the film was born out of a chance encounter with human rights researcher Gearóid O Cúinn, who became the film’s executive producer. “He had just came back from the Golan Heights after having spent 3 month out there. He saw that there was a story to be told  – and after telling us about his experiences there, the idea of making a film was sold to us.”

A heartbreaking aspect of the film is that the people in the village have family in Syria they have been separated from – family they cannot visit as they are not allowed cross the ‘ceasefire line’. There is also the phenomena of the Syrian Bride (the subject of Eran Riklis’ 2004 film), whereby Druze women from one side of the border can cross to the other to be married to other Druze. But once she crosses she gives up her identity and can never return. It is personal stories such as these that were the crux of the film for Keith. “The human story was absolutely the most interesting aspect and the idea that these families were separated, divided by the border shouting messages across a minefield, known locally as the ‘Valley of Tears’. The tragedy of having a wedding or a funeral and shouting across a valley with mines to convey your condolences or congratulations is pretty striking.

“In terms of the politics, it’s an area that’s laden with politics –  there’s something political in everything there. So that was one of the challenges – to try keeping to the human stories but also to convey some of the politics, some of the forces that are impacting on the particular situation.”

Another key facet of the documentary is the evolution of a difference in opinion between the older and younger generations towards their identity, as the youth question the reality of the allegiances to a place they’ve never been. Keith explains that “here you have 2 generations that have been born and grown up on occupied Syrian land and they can’t go back to their home country. The more and more it goes on, the more and more they don’t belong in Syria in a way because they’re growing up in a different space.”

I ask Keith how this affects how they see themselves and their future. “Up to a recent point in time they still felt Arab and still felt Syrian so they would have seen their future ideally in Syria. But I think now that’s beginning to change with what’s happening as the civil war starts to deepen and the country starts to fracture. The homeland that they have been taught to love is no more. 90 per cent of the border that borders the Syrian side of the Golan Heights is controlled by the rebels – who would not be very accommodating to them – so there’s a sense of hopelessness among the younger generation. There’s been reports of a big uptake in the amount of Israeli citizenship; so anecdotally, I suppose the evidence is pointing to young people turning away… giving up hope of going back to Syria and trying to establish a life for themselves.”

So, sadly, as Keith points out, the conflict in Syria succeeded in doing what the Israeli occupation couldn’t achieve – “it divided the community. You might have had some dissenting voices prior to the conflict but for the most part they put on a public face of unity and loyalty to Syria. But now things have changed. Communities and families are divided.”

And with that comes another difficult chapter in the history of the Madjal Shams community – a community on the point of massive change.

 

Apples of the Golan is being shown on Thursday, 22nd January; Sunday, 25th January; and Monday, 26th January at the IFI. Click here for details.

The documentary will also be screened at the Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny on 22nd January; the Garter Lane Arts Centre, Waterford on 4th February; and The New Theatre, Temple Bar on 28th February, with more dates around the country to be announced.

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Irish Film Review: Apples of the Golan

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DIR: Keith Walsh, Jill Beardsworth

 

Can a people maintain their national identity when they are no longer part of the nation that created it? It’s this question Irish filmmakers Keith Walsh and Jill Beardsworth examine in Apples of the Golan. Since its annexation by Israeli forces in 1967 Golan Heights, unique for its apple exportation, has seen its number of Syrian Arab villages shrink from 139 to just 5. It’s the inhabitants of one of these remaining villages, Majdal Shams, who are the central focus of this documentary. Divided from loved ones left behind in Syria, their resources being siphoned exclusively for Israeli citizens, and with civil war simmering just over the border, these ‘undefined’ citizens cling to the dream that they will soon be reunited with the ‘motherland’. Beautifully shot and with a straightforward approach, this is a thoughtful insight into the lives of those existing between two worlds.

As the title suggests apples play a core part, both economically and culturally, for the people of Majdal Shams. At one point an Arab apple farmer cuts the fruit in half to reveal it has five seeds in its core to reflect the five pointed star on the Syrian flag. He also claims that the apples that grow on Israeli farms contain six seeds to reflect the six points of the Star of David. Later on in the film an Israeli farmer cuts open his apples to reveal that there are, in fact, only five seeds in all the apples that grow in Golan. Walsh and Beardsworth employ this symbolism to the degree that it begins to feel a bit forced; apples appear in shots where it’s clear that they were strategically placed there to make up the frame.

Overall, however, the two director’s style remains unobtrusive and they allow their subjects to speak for themselves. Put together like an odd patchwork quilt we are given shreds of individual lives which, though each separate and unique, are intrinsically interwoven with one another. There’s a distinct difference in opinion between the older and younger generations. The older residents of the region, who recall life before Israeli occupation, believe the situation to be strictly black and white. This is most evident in one particularly memorable character that continually pops in the film who holds President Bashar al-Assad in an almost religious reverence. Given what is reported of Assad’s regime in Western media it’s fascinating to watch him being practically worshiped by virtue of being the president of Syria, ethics be damned.

The younger generation, who have never known life outside Israeli occupation, tend to appreciate more so the greyness of politics that rule their lives and question whether re-joining with Syria would actually be for the better. One particularly jaded young man points out that the only reason apples are so important in their community is because they are the only thing that lends their region a distinct identity. These people are musicians, dancers, rappers and academics but the shadow of occupation hangs heavy over them all as they strive to form identities independent from their unclear national one.

This is a very humanistic film, un-judgemental in its observations and finding the extraordinary in ordinary moments. However, the film was also made on the idea that the viewer would already have a relatively well informed knowledge of Syrian/Israeli politics before watching. The directors do not hold the viewer’s hand throughout and provide only the most basic historical context. Basing their film on this presumption means that its content will lose a lot of meaning for those who did no research before heading to the cinema. But, to give Walsh and Beardsworth their due, this is a film that is first and foremost about people.

A skilfully crafted film, Apples of the Golan sheds light onto a subject that more people need to know about. Recommended.

Ellen Murray

82 minutes.
Apples of the Golan
is released 16th January 2015.

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Apples of the Golan @ IFI

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Wildcard Distribution have announced that the Irish documentary Apples of the Golan will open at the IFI Cinemas on Friday, 16th January 2015.

Apples of the Golan tells the epic story of Majdal Shams, one of five remaining Arab villages in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. Before the occupation there were 136 such villages, which have now mostly been destroyed. Cut off from their homeland since the events of the Six Day War, the villagers fight to maintain their national identity amid political uncertainty, border disputes and the Syrian Civil War. They are all connected to, and owe their existence to, the apples which grow all around the village. In many ways, as their resistance to occupation is generally peaceful, the apples are their bombs.

Irish filmmakers Keith Walsh and Jill Beardsworth spent five years among the people of the village and have woven together, from the interlocking lives of the apple growers, rappers, salsa dancers, holy men, traitors, and freedom fighters that make up this unique community, a film that is a complex portrait of a place, a people, and the apple trees that root them to land. Apples of the Golan covers the four year period up until the Syrian conflict begins to turn into civil war, as the effects are being felt in the Golan Heights. It is a portrait of a village’s survival but also documents the beginning of its journey into the unknown.

Commenting on the cinema release, director Jill Beardsworth said: “We are delighted that our film is being released at a time when the Golan Heights region is at the centre of political discourse, both nationally and internationally.” Keith Walsh added: “The film was five years in the making, and it’s great that the story of this little known tribe and this forgotten Israeli occupation is being exposed will now be told, its story of separation, love, death and war is one that we feel will resonate.”

Apples of the Golan will be released by Wildcard Distribution in the IFI Cinemas, Dublin on Friday 16th January with more locations to be announced.

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Amnesty International Galway and the Huston School of Film & Digital Media screen ‘Apples of the Golan’


 
The film is about life in Israeli-Occupied Syria know as the Golan Heights, it tells the story of the people of one of the remaining villages, Majdal Shams, and their struggle for survival. Their groves of apple trees root them to the land; they will not be moved.
 
The screening will be followed by a public Q&A with the film’s directors Keith Walsh and Jill Beardsworth.
 
Admission: FREE
 
Huston School screening room Wednesday September 26th at 19.00

 

Read Film Ireland‘s coverage of Apples of the Golan from this year’s JDIFF festival

 

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‘Apples of the Golan’ screens at Galway Film Fleadh

 

‘The part of Israel and Syria where the apple is the people’s bomb’
Apples of the Golan feature documentary screening at the Galway Film Fleadh on Thursday,  12th at 4pm in the Cinemobile. The film was made over 5 years and was directed, filmed and edited by Jill Beardsworth and Keith Walsh and was produced by John Wallace. Donal R. Haughey of Hawkeye Films was the executive producer. The film was produced by Twopair Films in co-production with Golden Girls Films of Austria in association with the Vienna Film Fund and with the participation of Bord Scannán na hÉireann/Irish Film Board.

Apples of the Golan is the epic story of a village turned prison full of rappers, rockers and regimes, salsa dancers, holy men and dead fish, traitors, lovers, freedom fighters and their heartbroken mothers set against the backdrop of the revolution raging in their homeland Syria as it creeps through the orchards towards their homes in Israel.

In 1967 Israel captured the Golan Heights from Syria. Before the occupation, this Arab village was one of 139. Only five remain. 130,000 Syrian Arabs were permanently forced from their homes. This film tells the story of one of these villages, Majdal Shams, and it’s people. They are too few to fight. The apples are their bombs with which they fight the occupation. The trees are what root them to the land; they will not be moved. Israel is their home, Syria their homeland. Neither is paradise.

“…absorbing documentary…a well-structured documentary that tells part of a complex story with skill and craft, Apples of the Golan is a striking tale of the strength and spirit of a people determined not to lose their identity and the land that it is tied to.”

Steven Galvin – Film Ireland

“The story is heartbreaking, a Berlin Wall story of our times”

Brogen Hayes – Hayes at the movies

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JDIFF 2012: Apples of the Golan

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Apples of the Golan

Saturday, 18th February, 4.15pm, Cineworld

Apples of the Golan, Keith Walsh and Jill Beardsworth’s absorbing documentary, attempts to tell part of the complex story of the village of Majdal Shams in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. The opening narrative tells us that before the 1967 Six Day War, there were 139 Arab villages in the Golan Heights region. Israel seized the Golan Heights from Syria during that war – and now only five villages remain. All of the others were destroyed. Over 138,000 Syrian Arabs were forced from their homes. The documentary tells the tale of those that remain in one of those five remaining villages, Majdal Shams. They are a proud people and stood firm against Israeli national identity being forced upon them in 1982. They are not recognised as being Syrian and refuse to be Israeli  – as a result their status is classified as ’undefined’.

A heartbreaking aspect of the film is that all the people we meet in the village have family in Syria. Family they cannot visit as they are not allowed cross the ‘ceasefire line’, providing for some moving scenes of families separated from each other. Only students, pilgrims and brides can cross over from the Golan Heights into Syria – and apples. The apples from the Golan Heights are transported and sold in Syria for better prices than they get in Israel. The apples are essential for the villagers as a source of income as well as a metaphor for survival. ‘The apples are like the soul of the Golan people,’  one villager explains, ‘how they cling to life.’

The documentary also points out how the area supplies Israel with one-third of its water, which, along with its strategic vantage point overlooking southern Syria, was one of the main reasons why Israel occupied the Golan Heights.

In a brief Q&A after the screening Keith Walsh and Jill Beardsworth explained how the film was born out of a chance encounter with Gearóid O Cúinn, the film’s executive producer, who had been doing some human rights research in the Golan Heights. This set the ball rolling for the idea for the film. After getting backing for half the film from the Film Board and securing matching funding elsewhere, Walsh and Beardsworth spent 8 months over and back filming the documentary.

A well-structured documentary that tells part of a complex story with skill and craft, Apples of the Golan is a striking tale of the strength and spirit of a people determined not to lose their identity and the land that it is tied to.

Steven Galvin

Click here for Film Ireland‘s coverage of this year’s Jameson Dublin International Film Festival

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