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29 Jun 2022

Lights, Camera, Action for Inishowen film buffs

New Monthly Film Club will explore the local and global connection

Lights, Camera, Action for Clonmany film buffs

The poster for the new Disappear Here Film Club, in partnership with ChangeMakers Donegal and Concern

It's going to be a case of lights, camera, and action for film buffs in Inishowen with the news that Clonmany is to host a film club every month.

The popular Ballyliffin-based film festival, Disappear Here Film Festival will present a new Disappear Here Film Club, in partnership with ChangeMakers Donegal and Concern.

The monthly film night will take place on the first Friday of every month and feature issue-led films that spark debate and conversation.

The first is on Friday week, June 3 at 7.30pm in The Market House, Clonmany.

Each screening will be followed by a talk exploring the local and global connections. This, is an initiative to encourage local people to gather together again, post-Covid, and to use film to reflect on urgent issues that face the world today.

Myra McAuliffe, project coordinator at ChangeMakers Donegal said they are delighted to partner with the Disappear Here Film Festival team to establish a new monthly Disappear Here Film Club.

"Our aim is to create a friendly club which people who like film and feel inclined to talk about issues that matter to them, can come to once a month.

"Film as a medium has a great power to help us to make sense of the fractured world we live in, at this particularly vulnerable time due to the climate change crisis.

"We are grateful to one of ChangeMaker’s annual funders, Concern for supporting this new Donegal-based cultural initiative”

This was echoed by Michael McLaughlin from Disappear Here Media.

“This new Film Club is an important extension of our annual Film Festival in Ballyliffin, and will provide a regular social outlet for anyone interested in documentary film-making.

"Disappear Here Film Festival has illustrated that there is a great appetite for engaging with human rights issues in Donegal. We have seen people take proactive measures in marching for Mica Redress in Dublin recently for example, and also the huge groundswell of support offered for people displaced by the war in Ukraine.

"With all proceeds going to a new fund to produce local documentaries, we will ensure that we continue to support individual and collective voices.”

First Friday Film

The first film to be presented will be Border Tales by Keith O’Grady. An oral history film, that addresses the void left by a generation of parents in the north-west of Ireland, who wouldn't discuss their experience of life during their childhood with their own children.
Those children interview their grandparents about what life was like prior to and during the period known as the Troubles to learn about the past, inform their understanding of the present, and offer hope for the future. The director will attend the screening, along with an invited panel of guests.

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