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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 located in the UCD Student Centre Cinema for five consecutive Mondays beginning the 30th January – 27th February 2017.

We have an exciting line-up of cutting edge feature films and guest speakers for the 2017 Series. The series includes 5 topical feature documentary films on subjects relating to development and global justice issues. Each screening will be followed by a Q&A session with a guest speaker and refreshments. Follow facebook and this webpage for updates.

Seat bookings can be made a week in advance of each screening. Follow us on facebook for updates and reminders.

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2017 Programme Details

ATLANTIC

Date: Monday 30th January

Starting Time: 6pm

Location: UCD Cinema, Belfield

Reserve Your Seat: This is a free screening, however seats must be reserved in advance. Reserve your seat HERE.

Seats are now fully booked. If you would like to be added to the reserve list, please email emily.lyon@ucd.ie

Guest Speaker: Director/ Producer of Atlantic,  Risteard Ó Domhnaill

Synopsis:The film charts the politics of resource management of the North Atlantic; from strong State control in Norway, mixed fortunes in Newfoundland, to a more liberal, privatised system in Ireland. Atlantic, through the experience of these coastal neighbours, poses the question: who will benefit from the exploitation of these resources, and what the consequences will be for communities and the environment? Atlantic started as a crowd funding project, where the digital community came together and raised the highest Fund-it amount every raised, totalling €56,000. The film aims to empower local communities and individuals so that they can better contribute to this vital debate. 

Best Environmental Documentary, Chargrin Documentary Film Fest 2016

Winner Best Irish Documentary, ADIFF 2016

Official Selection, Sydney International Film Festival 2016

 

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 SONITA

Date: Monday 6th February

Starting Time: 6pm

Location: UCD Cinema, Belfield

Reserve Your Seat: Seats can be reserved a week in advance of the screening.

Guest Speaker: Professor Ursula Barry, Associate Professor with the School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice, UCD

Synopsis: Sonita is an 18-year-old female, an undocumented Afghan illegal immigrant living in the poor suburbs of Tehran. She is a feisty, spirited, young woman who fights to live the way she wants, as an artist, singer, and musician in spite of all her obstacles she confronts in Iran and her conservative patriarchal family. In harsh contrast to her goal is the plan of her family – strongly advanced by her mother – to make her a bride and sell her to a new family. The price right now is about US$ 9.000.Will Sonita be forced into marriage? Will she succeed in recording her songs? Will her family manage to take her back to Afghanistan? The film unfolds in Sonita’s home, at the NGO and in music studios in and around Teheran.

Audience Award: World Cinema Documentary, Sundance Film festival

World Cinema Grand Jury Prize, Sundance Film festival

Audience Award, IDFA 2015

 

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 THE PEACEMAKER

Date: Monday 13th February

Starting Time: 6pm

Location: UCD Cinema, Belfield

Reserve Your Seat: Seats can be reserved a week in advance of the screening

Guest Speaker: Skype Interview with James Demo, Director/Producer of The Peacemaker. Interviewed by Professor Patrick Paul Walsh, Chair of International Development Studies UCD & guest speaker Eamon Rafter, Learning Co-ordinator at the Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation

Synopsis: The Peacemaker follows international peacemaker Padraig O'Malley, who helps make peace for others but struggles to find it for himself. The film takes us from Padraig's isolated life in Cambridge, Massachusetts to some of the most dangerous crisis zones on Earth – from Northern Ireland to Kosovo, Nigeria to Iraq over five years – as he works a peacemaking model based on his recovery from addiction.  We meet Padraig in the third act of his life in a race against time to find some kind of salvation for both the world and himself.

International Premiere, HotDocs, 2016

Official Selection, IFFBoston 2016

European Premiere, Sheffield Doc/Fes 2016

 

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 AFTER SPRING

Date: Monday 20th February

Starting Time: 6pm

Location: UCD Cinema, Belfield

Reserve Your Seat: Seats can be reserved a week in advance of the screening

Guest Speaker: To be Confirmed

Synopsis: After Spring is a feature documentary that focuses on the Syrian refugee crisis. With the Syrian conflict now in its sixth year, millions of people continue to be displaced. AFTER SPRING is the story of what happens next. By following two refugee families in transition and aid workers fighting to keep the camp running, viewers will experience what it is like to live in Zaatari, the largest camp for Syrian refugees. With no end in sight for the conflict or this refugee crisis, everyone must decide if they can rebuild their lives in a place that was never meant to be permanent.

Official Selection, Tribeca Film Festival 2016

Official Selection, Sheffield Doc Festival 2016

Official Selection, American Film Institute Docs 2016

 

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 BEFORE THE FLOOD

Date: Monday 27th February

Starting Time: 6pm

Location: UCD Cinema, Belfield

Reserve Your Seat: Seats can be reserved a week in advance of the screening

Guest Speaker: Eamon Ryan, Leader of the Green Party

Synopsis: If you could know the truth about the threat of climate change — would you want to know? Before the Flood, presented by National Geographic, features Leonardo DiCaprio on a journey as a United Nations Messenger of Peace, traveling to five continents and the Arctic to witness climate change first-hand. He goes on expeditions with scientists uncovering the reality of climate change and meets with political leaders fighting against inaction. He also discovers a calculated disinformation campaign orchestrated by powerful special interests working to confuse the public about the urgency of the growing climate crisis. With unprecedented access to thought leaders around the world, DiCaprio searches for hope in a rising tide of catastrophic news.

From Acadamy Award Winners Leonardo Di Caprio and Fisher Stevens

Executive Producer Marin Scorsese

 

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, Concern or UCD Volunteers Overseas.