On the Box: Preview of Irish Film at the Galway Film Fleadh

Capaillíní Chonamara


Thu 10 Jul, Cinemobile @ 10.00


This observational documentary takes a look at one of Ireland’s most loved native horse breeds — the Conamara pony. Filmed over eight months along the rugged west coast of Ireland, it presents a charming, up-close portrait of this remarkable equine breed, charting the daily rhythms of life centered around mating, foaling, market sales and the competitive arena. The film also traces the horse’s remarkable journey from humble nineteenth-century pack animal to its current status as one of the most sought-after breeds in the world of equestrian sports.

Director: Donnacha Ó Briain


Dance Emergency

Dance Emergency

Thu 10 Jul, Cinemobile @ 12.00

Against the backdrop of seldom-seen 1940s bohemian Dublin, and suspicions of Nazi espionage, we recount an Irish-German artist’s forgotten struggle to bring Modern Dance/German Ausdruckstanz to a conservative, inchoate Ireland that was not yet ready for it. Interpreted beautifully by the great Olwen Fouéré, choreographed by Jessica Kennedy of Junk Ensemble, we frame Erina Brady’s legacy in the context of the thriving contemporary dance scene in Ireland today.

The film will be followed by a special screening of 1943: A Dance Odyssey, which focusses on Liam Ó Laoghaire’s little-known 1943 film Dance School and the tiny tots in it.

Director: Deirdre Mulrooney


African Pride

African Pride

Thu 10 Jul, Cinemobile @ 14.00

South Africa’s constitution was the first in the world to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. But rights belie the reality for many. Homophobia continues to find violent expression in assaults, rapes and murders. However, this violence is being met with visibility. Mourners, comrades, friends and survivors are taking to the streets in growing numbers for memorial marches, protests and township pride marches.

African Pride introduces us to those who are choosing visibility over silence, and explores this determined and colourful movement, its achievements and the challenges that remain.

Director: Laura Fletcher


Mairéad Farrell: Unfinished Conversation

Mairéad Farrell: Unfinished Conversation

Fri 11 Jul, Cinemobile @ 14.00

Mairéad Farrell was shot dead by the SAS in Gibraltar in 1988 along with two other unarmed members of the IRA in one of the most controversial incidents arising from the Troubles in Northern Ireland. The killing of the three provoked an international outcry and eventual enquiry. Due to her youth, her gender and her stature within the IRA, Mairéad Farrell was, unsurprisingly, quickly subsumed into the pantheon of Irish republican martyrs. But behind the mythologising and demonisation of the time, there was also a real person, a flesh and blood young woman who was prepared to kill and die for her beliefs…

Those violent bloody events on the Rock of Gibraltar twenty years ago are now history. This documentary is a conscious act of memory as Bríona Nic Dhiarmada, who was writing a book on Mairéad Farrell just before she was killed, revisits her memories in a personal attempt to contextualise and make sense of the life and death of Mairéad Farrell.

Director: Martina Durac

Cast: Bríona Nic Dhiarmada


Torthaí Na Daoirse (Blood Fruit)

Torthaí na Daoirse (Blood Fruit)

 Sun 13 Jul, Cinemobile @ 15.00

Ar an 19ú Iúil, 1984, dhiúltaigh Mary Manning, bean óg 21 bliain d’aois a bhí ag obair ag an gcúntar íocaíochta i Dunnes Stores ar shráid Anraí, dhá sheadóg Outspan a dhíol. Bhí sí ag leanacht treoir óna ceardchumann a bhí ag tacú leis an bhfeachtas frithchinedheighilte. Cuireadh Mary agus deichniúr oibrí eile a sheas an fód léi ar fionraí láithreach agus as sin, tháinig stailc.


Ní mórán cur amach a bhí ag éinne acu ar chinedheighilt agus shíl siad féin go mbeadh siad in ann filleadh ar an obair laistigh de chúpla lá. Is beag a bhí a fhios acu go raibh a seasamh le hathrú mór a chur ar an ngluaiseacht dhomhanda in aghaidh
na cinedheighilte.

Director: Sinéad O’Brien

Cast: Gabriel Uchenna, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Mary Manning, Ben Dunne, Karen Gearon

Script: Sinéad O’Brien

Producers: Noel Pearson

Producers: Vanessa Gildea, Bríona Nic Dhiarmada