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UCDVO Development Film Series 2017

The fifth UCDVO Development Film Series will be taking place again in 2017, with funding support from Trócaire and Concern. The Series will be taking place in the UCD Student Centre Cinema for five consecutive Mondays beginning the 30th January – 27th February 2017.

We are planning an exciting line up of 5 cutting edge films and guest-speakers who will lead a Q&A session after each screening. Be sure to reserve your seat! Follow facebook and this webpage for updates. If you are interested in being on the Film Series Committee contact Zoe at

Details of the 2017  Film Series Programme, will be advertised in December 2016


2016 Programme Details


Date: Monday 1st February

Starting Time: 6pm

Location: UCD Cinema, Belfield

Guest Speaker: Bernadette Crawford, Equality Adviser with Concern Worldwide

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Synopsis: From the Director of An Inconvenient Truth, He Named me Malala is an intimate portrait of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai, who was targeted by the Taliban and severely wounded by a gunshot when returning home on her school bus in Pakistan’s Swat Valley.  The then 15-year-old was singled out, along with her father, for advocating for girls’ education, and the attack on her sparked an outcry from supporters around the world. She miraculously survived and is now a leading campaigner for girls’ education globally as co-founder of the Malala Fund.

Winner the Audience Award at the San Diego Film Festival

Nominated for the Political Film Award Hamburg Film Festival

Selection Toronto International Film Festival



Date: Monday 8th February

Starting Time: 6pm

Location: UCD Cinema, Belfield

Guest Speaker: Professor Patrick Paul Walsh, Chair of International Development Studies UCD

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Synopsis: Pierre Dulaine, four-time ballroom dancing world champion, is fulfilling a life-long dream when he takes his program, Dancing Classrooms, back to his city of birth, Jaffa. For generations, Jaffa has been a city divided by two communities that continue to grow increasingly apart. Over a ten-week period, Pierre teaches Jewish and Palestinian Israeli children to dance and compete together. The film explores the complex stories of three children, all of whom are forced to confront issues of identity, segregation, and racial prejudice as they dance with their enemy. We watch Pierre transform their lives, confirming his belief that dance can overcome hatred and provide the first steps towards real change.

Winner Best Editing Award at Docaviv

One Future Award at Munich Filmfest

Best Documentary Denver Jewish Film Festival

Audience Award Festival 2 Valenciennes



Date: Monday 15th February

Starting Time: 6pm

Location: UCD Cinema, Belfield

Guest Speaker: Ruairí McKiernan, Social Innovator

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Synopsis: For the last 20 years, notorious activists the Yes Men have staged outrageous and hilarious hoaxes to draw international attention to corporate crimes against humanity and the environment. Armed with nothing but thrift-store suits and a lack of shame, these iconoclastic revolutionaries lie their way into business events and government functions to expose the dangers of letting greed run our world. In their third cinematic outing (after The Yes Men and The Yes Men Fix the World), they are now well into their 40s, and their mid-life crises are threatening to drive them out of activism forever – even as they prepare to take on the biggest challenge they’ve ever faced: climate change. More than the first two films, The Yes Men Are Revolting is as much a character study as it is an entertaining depiction of their latest interventions. Revealing the real people behind the ruses, at its heart lies a hopeful message about fighting for change.

Selection Toronto International Film Festival

Selection Berlin International Film Festival

Closing Night Film DOC NYC



Date: Monday 22nd February

Starting Time: 6pm

Location: UCD Cinema, Belfield

Guest Speaker: Kate Nolan, Co-Founder of RE-DRESS

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Synopsis: This is a story about clothing. It’s about the clothes we wear, the people who make them, and the impact the industry is having on our world. The price of clothing has been decreasing for decades, while the human and environmental costs have grown dramatically. The True Cost is a groundbreaking documentary film that pulls back the curtain on the untold story and asks us to consider, who really pays the price for our clothing? Filmed in countries all over the world, from the brightest runways to the darkest slums, and featuring interviews with the world’s leading influencers including Stella McCartney, Livia Firth and Vandana Shiva, The True Cost is an unprecedented project that invites us on an eye opening journey around the world and into the lives of the many people and places behind our clothes.

Nominated for Environmental Media Awards, USA

Selection Environmental Film Festival Australia

Selection Vancouver International Film Festival



Date: Monday 29th February

Starting Time: 6pm

Location: UCD Cinema, Belfield

Guest Speaker:Oisín Coghlan, Director of Friends of the Earth Ireland

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Synopsis: Planetary is a provocative and breathtaking wakeup call – a cross continental, cinematic journey, that explores our cosmic origins and our future as a species. It is a poetic and humbling reminder that now is the time to shift our perspective. Planetary asks us to rethink who we really are, to reconsider our relationship with ourselves, each other and the world around us – to remember that we are Planetary.

Official Selection Hot Docs

World Premiere SXSW Film festival

Official Selection Washington DC Environmental Film Festival


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

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