UCDVO Film Series

The UCDVO Film Series is an integral part of UCDVO’s Global Citizenship Programme and is funded by Concern Worldwide and Irish Aid. Hosted in the UCD Cinema the Film Series welcomes attendees from the wider UCD community to engage with award winning documentaries which work towards generating a deeper and more critical understanding of global justice issues. Each screening is accompanied by a guest speaker and an opportunity for discussion.

This year's five award winning films, profile subjects like press freedom and the threat of misinformation, educating with love, Ireland's environment, the complex subject of migrant resettlement and the harrowing ongoing conflict in Myanmar. 

Screenings are free of charge, all are welcome but seats must be reserved in advance at this email: info.ucdvo@ucd.ie


View our 2023 Programme


Monday 3rd April, 6pm

Guest Speaker: Susan McKay, Press Ombudsman

UCD Cinema, Belfield. Book your seat by emailing: info.ucdvo@ucd.ie

Endangered chronicles a year in the life of four journalists living and working in democratic countries where freedom of the press has historically been considered a “given.” Yet, as online misinformation proliferates and world leaders brazenly denigrate the press, distrust of traditional media is on the rise, and journalists are increasingly facing situations more typically encountered in war zones or autocratic states.



Wednesday 12th April, 6pm

Guest Speaker: Shane Lynch, Family Support Worker

UCD Cinema, Belfield. Book your seat by emailing: info.ucdvo@ucd.ie

Jason Wilson runs The Cave of Adullam, a transformational Training Academy in the heart of Detroit where Black boys who are emotionally, mentally, and spiritually in debt gather to be trained and transformed into comprehensive men. When Jason started his martial arts dojo, he thought young Black boys needed more discipline but quickly realized what's needed is more love. The film introduces us to four young recruits who are at a crossroads. Jason challenges each of them to confront their unresolved anger, fear, anxiety, and lack of focus as they face the toughest decisions of their young lives.



Monday 17th April, 6pm

Guest Speaker Cepa Giblin, Director, performance from Iarla Ó Lionáird of The Gloaming

UCD Cinema, Belfield. Book your seat by emailing: info.ucdvo@ucd.ie

A Note for Nature is both a love song to wild Ireland and a cry for help. On a journey across the island, some of Ireland’s most talented performers highlight a precious wild place with a performance close to their hearts, while a host of leading wildlife conservationists reveal the precarious state of Ireland’s natural world.



Monday 24th April, 6pm

Guest Speaker: Bulelani Mfaco, Activist and MASI Spokesperson

UCD Cinema, Belfield. Book your seat by emailing: info.ucdvo@ucd.ie

Someone Like Me follows the parallel journeys of Drake, a gay asylum seeker from Uganda, and a group of strangers from Vancouver’s queer community who are tasked with supporting his resettlement in Canada. Together, they embark on a year-long quest for personal freedom, revealing how in a world where one must constantly fight for the right to exist, survival itself becomes a victory.



Wednesday 3rd May, 6pm

Guest Speaker: Frances Wallace, NGO Worker

UCD Cinema, Belfield. Book your seat by emailing: info.ucdvo@ucd.ie

The military coup that shook Myanmar began in February 2021, the film confronts us with the violent reality of life under the junta. Using a collage of forms and genres, from harrowing smartphone footage to haunting ghost stories, the anonymous Myanmar Film Collective combines short films and powerful investigative journalism into a stirring and visceral testimony to the power of cinema as collective action.


The UCDVO Film Series is kindly supported by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Irish Aid) and Concern Worldwide. The content and views represented in the films should not be taken to reflect the policies and views of Irish Aid, Concern Worldwide or UCD Volunteers Overseas.