This year’s IFI Documentary Festival kicks off on Wednesday, 27th September bringing the best in new Irish and international documentary filmmaking to Dublin. Below we take a quick look at the Irish films on offer.


Kevin Roche: The Quiet Architect (Mark Noonan)
Sunday, 1st October @ 20.20

A profile of the Pritzker Prize-winning Irish-American architect. Although Roche has reached the top of his profession, he has not sought fame, and little is known about him here. He is best known in Ireland as the architect of Dublin’s Convention Centre.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Mark Noonan and producer John Flahive.

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A Cambodian Spring (Chris Kelly)
Sunday, 1st October @ 15.30

The story of three people caught up in the chaotic events shaping modern-day Cambodia.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Chris Kelly.

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Jaha’s Promise (Patrick Farrelly, Kate O’Callaghan )
Saturday, 30th September @ 18.10


Jaha Dukureh returns home from the US to the Gambia to lead a campaign against female genital mutilation.


The screening will be followed by a Q&A with directors Patrick Farrelly and Kate O’Callaghan, and Jaha Dukureh, hosted by Susan McKay. 


Butterfly City (Olga Černovaitė)
Saturday, 30th September @ 13.00


Features the young Lithuanian town of Visaginas, now under threat following the decommissioning of its nuclear power plant.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Olga Černovaitė and producer Jeremiah Cullinane.

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Elián (Tim Golden, Ross McDonnell)
Sunday, 1st October @ 17.10

The story of a 5-year-old Cuban boy who became the centre of a political firestorm following his rescue from a sinking boat off the coast of Mexico.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with producer Trevor Birney.

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Rocky Ros Muc (Michael Fanning)
Saturday, 30th September @ 16.00

A profile of Seán Mannion, a talented boxer from the quiet Gaeltacht village of Ros Muc, Co Galway, who left Ireland for Boston in the 1970s and rose to the heights of New York’s Madison Square Garden’s.

There will be a post-screening discussion with biographer Rónán Mac Con Iomaire and director Michael Fanning.

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Loving Lorna (Annika Karlsson, Jessica Karlsson)
Thursday, 28th September @ 18.20


A tender coming-of-age story of a fiercely capable and determined young woman who has heart set on becoming a farrier, a traditionally male preserve.


It Tolls For Thee (Andrew Gallimore)
Sunday, 1st October @ 13.00


remarkable portrait of Irish unsung heroine Mary Elmes who saved hundreds of children from the horrors of the Spanish Civil War and World War II.


Plus a programme of contemporary, short form, documentary filmmaking in Ireland.

Saturday, 30th September @ 12.30


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The IFI Documentary Festival 2017 runs from September 27th to October 1st.

Full details here.





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