1:00 PM | Somerville Theatre 1

New Irish Shorts 2 (70 min)

Co-presented with GAZE International LGBT Film Festival Dublin and Wicked Queer, Boston's Annual LGBT Film Festival

The GAZE International LGBT Film Festival Dublin celebrates LGBT storytelling. Their exciting program of films and events engages filmmakers and audiences in a vibrant social experience. GAZE programs thematically explore the many facets of LGBT lives worldwide, expressly including films which deal with the difficulties facing our LGBT sisters and brothers around the world and at home.

2016/Ireland (22 min)
Director: Graham Cantwell
Lily, a girl with a secret on the cusp of becoming a young woman, is faced with the greatest challenge of her young life.
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2016/Ireland (10 min 20 sec)
Director: Sarah Dempsey
HAND IN HAND is a documentary that takes a look into the lives of Gay and lesbian couples in Ireland. They talk about how they first met, what they love about their partner and even talk about surrogacy.

Director Sarah Dempsey in person

2016/Ireland (14 min)
Director: James Doherty
BREATHE is the story of a hardy Irish Traveller who becomes increasingly concerned with his nine year-old son’s femininity and sets about toughening him up.
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2016/Ireland (12 min)
Director: Kate Dolan
In LITTLE DOLL, two girls face the confusion and uncertainty of developing a same-sex first crush.
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2016/Ireland (10 min 16 sec)
Director: Daithí Ó Cinnéide
A son and his traditional Irish father struggle to find common ground after the son starts questioning his gender identity in rural Ireland.
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Spotlight on Northern Ireland

2016/Ireland (66 min)
Director: Henrietta Norton

BORN AND REARED is a moving documentary that explores contemporary Northern Ireland through the lives of four men living in the aftermath of violent conflict. It's a story about reimagined identity of place and the fragility of masculinity.

Filmed over a year with the men in and around their homes, the filmmakers focused on the stories that took place long after the cameras had left the news story that was Northern Ireland.

The four characters are all vulnerable and strong. Their stories are powerful, courageous, moving and contemporary.

What happens to the identities of men when the war ends and the roles previously held are no longer accepted or needed? How do you go from being a 'soldier', to being a carpenter, taxi driver or family man in ‘peace time’?

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2016/Northern Ireland (17 min)
Director: Patrick Maxwell

Sometimes in life, its the delicate things that can save you.

Spotlight on Northern Ireland

3:00 PM | Somerville Theatre 1

2016/Ireland (105 min)
Director: Brendan Byrne

Director Brendan Byrne in person!

In the spring of 1981, Irish Republican Bobby Sands’ 66-day hunger strike brought the attention of the world to his cause.

Drawing on an Irish Republican tradition of martyrdom, Sands’ emotive, non-violent protest to be classified as a political prisoner became a defining moment in 20th century Irish history.

Sands’ death after 66 days marked a key turning point in the relationship between Britain and Ireland,and brought a global spotlight to the Northern Irish conflict, which eventually triggered international efforts to resolve it.

66 DAYS is a major feature length documentary exploring Sands’ remarkable life and death, 35 years on from his ultimate sacrifice. The spine of the film is comprised of Sands’ own words, drawn from his hunger strike diary, a unique insight into the man and his beliefs as he embarked on his final journey.

3:30 PM | Somerville Theatre 5

2016/Ireland (86 min)
Director: Len Collin

Larry has Downs, Sophie has severe epilepsy. The two are attracted to each other and, through care worker Tom, they sneak away to a hotel room during a supervised trip to the cinema. What do they do once they are there? How do they express a love that dare not speak its name? Are they aware that in Ireland they are about to break the law?

While these questions are posed, the rest of their colleagues seek out their own challenges: an impromptu shopping trip, pints in the pub, and a surreptitious cuddle in front of a movie screen. Dave Allen once said, “The secret of comedy is small victories”, and these mini triumphs offset the dramatic challenges that take place in a Galway hotel room between two lovers who refuse to be defined by their disabilities.

5:30 PM | Somerville Theatre 1

2015/Ireland (60 min)
Director: Liam McGrath

An intimate and revealing portrait of Irish traditional music icon Paddy Moloney.

In the latest in his series of documentaries about leading figures in traditional Irish music, award-winning director Liam McGrath turns his cameras on Chieftain Paddy Moloney. In a series of intimate interviews and specially-recorded performances and collaborations, Moloney reflects on his own personal journey and the music and people that shaped it.

"The documentary is an affectionate study of one of Ireland's most significant, and indeed prolific, musicians. Made by Liam McGrath, who has also delivered beguiling programmes on Finbar Furey and The Dubliners' John Sheahan, it offers a reminder of the importance of Moloney and The Chieftains in helping to popularise traditional Irish music all over the world". - Irish Independent, November 2015.

Closing Party at The Burren, Davis Square