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Today's Irish Documentaries at the Galway Film Fleadh #FilmFleadh
13 Jul 2017 : Katie McNeice
Still, 'In The Name of Peace: John Hume in America'
On the third day of Fleadh there are four Irish features and as many feature-length documentaries to watch out for when you're making final decisions on what to see.

The factual titles today tackle everything from the peace process in Northern Ireland to infamous Irish woman Mary Elmes who risked her own life in war zones to protect local children to the Gambian woman fighting to abolish female genital mutilation and the Irish boxer determined to win the world title.

With narration from the likes of Winona Ryder and Liam Neeson, this is a line-up not to be missed.

It Tolls for Thee, Cinemobile, 12:15
Winona Ryder narrates this documentary written and directed by Andrew Gallimore and produced by Lucia Gavin.

Through an intriguing conspiracy of circumstance and courage, Irishwoman Mary Elmes found herself centre stage in two of the major theatres of war in the 20th century. During the civil war in Spain, Mary rescued children from the bombs raining down from German and Italian bombers. Within a few years the world was plunged into an even greater conflict as the first industrial-scale attempt to eradicate an entire people began. Once more, ‘doing nothing’ was not an option for Mary.

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Jaha’s Promise, Town Hall Theatre, 14:00
Patrick Farrelly & Kate O’Callaghan co-direct and co-produce this title, which sees a Gambian campaigner return to her homeland to challenge both female genital mutilation and child marriages.

Patrick Farrelly, Co-Director & Co-Producer:
“In the future our next big challenge is to work with advocates like the Global Media Campaign and the Human Dignity Foundation and others to bring this film to countries in Africa and elsewhere where practices like FGM and child marriage are ruining the lives of millions of girls every year.“

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In the Name of Peace: John Hume in America, Town Hall Theatre, 16:00
Liam Neeson narrates this piece from writer/director Maurice Fitzpatrick, with interviews from President Bill Clinton, President Jimmy Carter, many US Senators and Congressmen, as well as Irish leaders and British Prime Ministers Tony Blair and John Major.

Inspired by Martin Luther King, rising from the riot-torn streets of Northern Ireland to enlist American Presidents from Carter to Clinton, this is the story of the extraordinary work of Nobel Prize-winner John Hume to harness and leverage US support to help to secure peace in Ireland.

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Rocky Ros Muc, An Crannóg, Rosmuc, 20:00 (bus @ 18:30)
It was announced just yesterday that this documentary from Michael Fanning is to screen in US cinemas from August onward, making it the first ever Irish language documentary to become eligible for an Oscar nomination.

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