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Redlegs, The
Documentary 60 minutes
YEAR: 2009
DIRECTOR: Paul Arnott   Shane Brennan   Lydia Conway
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PRODUCTION COMPANY: Moondance Productions   
PRODUCER: Paul Arnott    Shane Brennan    Lydia Conway   
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LOCATION: Barbados
EDITOR: Derek Simon      
DOP: Shane Brennan      
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When Cromwell transported fifty thousand Irish slaves to Barbados during an unprecedented act of ethnic cleansing they disappeared from the history books. In a one hour documentary we uncover the facts of the “Barbadosed” Irish and discover whether the island’s Redlegs, a small reclusive community made pallid and weak from 300 years of inbreeding, strong rum and insufficient food is the living legacy of those white slaves. In a one hour documentary in Irish we explore this neglected episode in Irish history and unravel the mystery of these forgotten people by reconstructing the conditions which greeted the Irish when they arrived in Barbados, the horrific labour they had to perform in the sugar fields, the branding irons with which they were labeled like chattels, and how they had to build their own shelters or perish.





 
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