Locally-made film screens in US

e3s2 pic 1Bilingual film Spiorad na Samhna- Spirit of Samhain, developed on the WIT/Nemeton Diploma TV Production course, screens in Boston next weekend, as part of the 16th Irish Film Festival there. The event will include 45 Irish produced features and shorts.

Spiorad na Samhna- Spirit of Samhain tells the story of how Ireland’s biggest Halloween Carnival began in Derry in the troubled 80s. It also explores the origins of Halloween itself from the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain. Dr Jenny Butler, Folklore Department, University College, Cork narrates this strand, while Ciara Ní Fhearghail of An Rinn was editor and Éadaoin Breathnach, Waterford city, filmed at UCC.

The film was produced on WIT/Nemeton TV film making course, funded by Údarás na Gaeltachta. It won Best Short Documentary at the 2015 Underground Film Festival, Cork and was also selected for the 2015 Babel International Film Festival for Minority Languages in Sardinia.

A highlight of the Boston festival is the feature documentary, Unbreakable, about Mark Pollock, the blind athlete who was paralysed after a fall. Six years in the making, it tells the story of Mark’s eventual rehabilitation and his mission to find and connect people worldwide to fast track a cure for paralysis.

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