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'The Book Smugglers' included in Black Nights Festival
14 Nov 2011 : By Ciara Drohan
The Book Smugglers
Irish production companies Planet Korda Pictures and Northern Irish Vinegar Hill’s co-production with Lithuanian production company Era Films, ‘The Book Smugglers’, a documentary which was directed and written by Jeremiah Cullinane( Hitlers Irish Movies, Dangerous Curves) co-founder of Planet Korda , will be screened at the 15th Estonian Black Nights Festival on the 26th November.

‘The Book Smugglers’ sees Irish poet Gearóid Mac Lochlainn and Lithuanian dramatist Albertas Vidžiūnas retrace the steps of the 19th century Lithuanian book smugglers who resisted Russification to save their language from extinction and asks why in Ireland, another small country at the edge of Europe with its own language and occupied by its larger neighbour families were abandoning their mother tongue and teaching their children English?

The documentary, which was aired on TG4 in September, has had 20 selections for film festivals across the world over the last year including the Chicago Irish Film Festival, the Cape Winelands Film Festival and the Belfast Film Festival.

Other films included in the line up for the festival include, Lynne Ramsay’s ‘We need to talk about Kevin’ and Michel Hazanavicius ‘The Artist’. The festival runs from the 18th November -1st December.

For more information on ‘The Book Smugglers’ www.booksmugglersthemovie.com

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