Irish Documentary in New York Festival

A documentary about the Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camp UK, directed by Irish peace-activist Margaretta D’Arcy and produced by Finn Arden will be shown on Monday 22nd September at the 2008 New York Independent International Video & Film Festival.

The Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camp, UK, was set up in September 1981. After 19 years of struggle, the Yellow Gate women, armed with bolt-cutters and legal challenges, drove US nuclear missiles and British military from Greenham Common, despite constant arrests, jailings, and evictions. Margaretta D’Arcy was part of the Greenham Campaign for many years at Yellow Gate – the first campsite to be set up there and the last to go. The film includes unique material showing how Yellow Gate women also exposed, and took action against, British troops training in an English village for the occupation of the North of Ireland.

D’Arcy is a member of Aosdána and is one of the foremost alternative radical feminist filmmakers in Ireland. Her award-winning film Big Plane Small Axe follows the three trials of Mary Kelly, indicted for damage to a US warplane at Shannon Airport and currently appealing her conviction.

Margaretta will be in New York during the Festival and is available for interviews, and has the latest material on the ongoing battle with Shell Oil, as outlined in her film Shell Hell.

For further information about the New York Festival please visit www.nyfilmvideo.com

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