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Development Film Series

We are delighted to bring to you the third Development Film Series which will take place in the UCD Student Centre Cinema. The aim of this series is to bring vibrant and gripping cinema documentaries to a UCD audience in order to generate awareness and discussion on the important global issues which each film explores. We have an exciting line up of 5 cutting edge films and guest-speakers who will lead a Q&A session after each film. Films are being screened every Monday at 6pm, starting on the 2nd of February until the 2nd of March 2015.

Seats must be reserved in advance at

This event is free of charge.

Read our programme:

Film Series Programme (pdf)


 Programme Details


Date: Monday 2nd February

Starting Time: 6pm

Location: UCD Cinema, Belfield

Guest Speaker: Dr. Sulagna Maitra - Lecturer, Programme in Humanitarian Action, UCD 

Reserve your Seat: FULLY BOOKED

Synopsis: When their land is sold to developers, the magicians, acrobats, and puppeteers of Kathputli Colony must find a way to unite - or splinter apart forever. Tomorrow We Disappear is a feature length documentary about the last days of Kathputli, a hand-built artist colony hidden away in the alleyways of New Delhi. Spanning three years, the film follows Puran the Puppeteer, Rahman the Magician, and Maya the Acrobat as they approach their looming eviction. Tomorrow We Disappear has screened at some of the most prestigious film festivals around the world including Tribeca Film Festival, USA and Hot Docs in Canada.

Winner, Special Jury Honor for World Vision - Philadelphia Film Festival 2014

Winner, Spirit Award for Best Director – EIDF 2014 

One of the best documentaries of 2014…” Indiwire



Date: Monday 9th February

Starting Time: 6pm

Location: UCD Cinema, Belfield

Guest Speaker: Hans Zomer, Director of Dóchas

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Synopsis: The West has positioned itself as the protagonist of development, giving rise to a vast multi-billion dollar poverty industry — the business of doing good has never been better. Yet the results have been mixed, in some cases even catastrophic, and leaders in the developing world are growing increasingly vocal in calling for change. Drawing from over 200 interviews filmed in 20 countries, Poverty, Inc. unearths an uncomfortable side of charity we can no longer ignore. From TOMs Shoes to international adoptions, from solar panels to U.S. agricultural subsidies, the film challenges each of us to ask the tough question: Could I be part of the problem?

Anthem Film Festival Audience Choice Award 2014

Topanga Film Festival, Best Film 2014

Docutah Film Festival, Best Film 2014



Date: Monday 16th February

Starting Time: 6pm

Location: UCD Cinema, Belfield

Guest Speaker: Farah Azadi, Academic and Human Rights Activist

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Synopsis: Their voices are suppressed, prohibited and censored. But world-famous bloggers Yoani Sánchez, Zeng Jinyan and Farnaz Seifi are not frightened of their dictatorial regimes. These fearless women stand for a new, networked generation of modern rebels. In Cuba, China and Iran their blogs shake the foundations of the state information monopoly – putting their lives at great risk. Barbara Miller’s film Forbidden Voices accompanies these brave young rebels on their dangerous journey and trace their use of social media like Facebook, YouTube and Twitter to denounce and combat the violations of human rights and freedom of speech in their countries.

Winner of the Amnesty International Award, Human Rights Film Festival San Sebastián 2013

Nominated Best Documentary, Swiss Film Prize 2013

One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival

Brooklyn Film Festival 2013



Date: Monday 23rd February

Starting Time: 6pm

Location: UCD Cinema, Belfield

Guest Speaker:Colm O'Gorman, Executive Director of Amnesty International Ireland

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Synopsis: At a public hospital in Managua, Nicaragua, OBGYN Dr. Carla Cerrato struggles with her conscience as she contends with the harrowing implications of a new law that bans all abortion, even in cases of rape, incest, or to save a woman’s life.  As she and her colleagues navigate between the potential of prosecution and whether to the use medical protocols that enable them to save lives, the drama of the deadly impact of this law emerges, illuminating the reality of prohibition against the backdrop of a political, religious and historically complex national identity.  As the stakes elevate, and the fatalities become personal, Carla’s outrage and sadness transform into a willingness to act boldly in the face of the law.

Official Selection, Human Rights Film Watch, New York 2014

Official Selection, Watch Docs, Warsaw-Poland, 2014



Date: Monday 2nd March

Starting Time: 6pm

Location: UCD Cinema, Belfield

Guest Speaker: Orla Quinn, Campaigns Officer, Trócaire & Teamrat Belai, Senior Programme Officer, Livelihood Programme Ethiopia, Trócaire.

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Synopsis: This is the story of President Mohamed Nasheed - after bringing democracy to the Maldives after thirty years of despotic rule, Nasheed is now faced with an even greater challenge: as one of the most low-lying countries in the world, a rise of three feet in sea level would submerge the 1,200 islands of the Maldives enough to make them uninhabitable. The Island President captures Nasheed’s first year of office, culminating in his trip to the Copenhagen Climate Summit in 2009, where the film provides a rare glimpse of the political horse-trading that goes on at such a top-level global assembly. Despite the modest size of his country, Mohamed Nasheed has become one of the leading international voices for urgent action on climate change.

Won Toronto International Film Festival People's Choice Award 2011

Won Sheffield International Documentary Festival, Green Award 2012

Won Pare Lorentz Award 2012


This UCDVO Development Film Series is kindly supported by the Trocáire Mobilising for Justice Grants Scheme.

The content and views represented in these films should not be taken to reflect the policies and views of Trócaire.


Details to follow on our 2016 Development Film Series.