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UCDVO Development Film Series 2018

With funding support from Trocáire, the sixth UCDVO Development Film Series will begin in January 2018. The series is located in the UCD Student Centre Cinema for five consecutive Mondays beginning the 29th January – 26th February 2018 at 6pm.

The series includes 5 feature documentary films on subjects relating to development and global justice issues. Each screening is followed by a Q&A session with a guest speaker and refreshments.

Programme details will be shared on our website in the lead up to the series.

Seat bookings should be made  in advance of each screening, this event is free of charge and all are welcome. Follow us on facebook for updates and reminders.


2017 Programme Details


Date: Monday 30th January

Starting Time: 6pm

Location: UCD Cinema, Belfield

Guest Speaker: Director/ Producer of Atlantic,  Risteard O? 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




Date: Monday 6th February

Starting Time: 6pm

Location: UCD Cinema, Belfield

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




Date: Monday 13th February

Starting Time: 6pm

Location: UCD Cinema, Belfield

Guest Speaker:  Eamon Rafter, Learning Co-ordinator at the Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation & Professor Padraig O'Malley

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




Date: Monday 20th February

Starting Time: 6pm

Location: UCD Cinema, Belfield

Guest Speaker: Salim Mhawesh

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




Date: Monday 27th February

Starting Time: 6pm

Location: UCD Cinema, Belfield

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.