The Runner is a film about endurance. It is the story of a champion long-distance runner whose journey transformed him from an athlete into the symbol of a national liberation movement. Salah Hmatou Ameidan is willing to risk his life, his career, his family and his nationality to run for a country that doesn’t exist. He is from Western Sahara, officially Africa’s last colony and under Moroccan occupation since 1975. 30 year old Salah grew up under Moroccan occupation in Western Sahara. He is a Sahrawi, a native of the area. By 14 he was recognised as a talented athlete and was forced to join Morocco’s junior athletics team, under threats to his family. By 1999 he was the triple cross-country champion for Morocco, had won 2nd place in the Africa Championships and was two-time Arab World Champion. In 2003, during a race in France, he took a risk from which he and his family have never recovered. As he approached the end of an 8km race in first place, he pulled out a Sahrawi flag – illegal in Morocco and a symbol of the independence movement – and waved it across the finish line. Knowing he could never return to Morocco safely, he immediately sought political asylum in France and has been there ever since. He was offered citizenship by France and Spain, but refused both, saying he would never run under any flag but that of a liberated Western Sahara. Salah insists, whenever possible, on representing the Western Sahara in competition. Today, he is not only one of the highest profile Sahrawi activists in the world, but is seen by his people as a hero, a symbol, an ambassador and a spokesman for the Western Sahara liberation movement. “Running is part of my resistance. It’s the only weapon I have.” Salah has paid heavily for his activism. When still in Morocco, his family home was repeatedly raided. He was blindfolded, taken to prison, interrogated and tortured. Since moving to France, he has been attacked four times by people opposed to his campaigning. Three members of his family have been imprisoned for non-violent resistance in Moroccan-controlled Western Sahara, and his uncle was recently killed by Moroccan police under suspicious circumstances. He has no citizenship, and because he is too controversial for major sponsors, he survives on race winnings and the support of charities. The Runner follows Salah during two critical years of the “Arab Spring”, and examines what drives him to take immense risks, and make huge sacrifices, for a cause that is virtually unknown. The film looks at the burden of being a hero and asks “how long, before you stop running?”
Winner Castell Award : New York Festivals Awards World’s Best TV & Films, USA April 2016
Would anyone miss you? Nobody noticed when Joyce Vicent died in her bedsit above a shopping mall in North London in 2003. Her body wasn’t discovered for three years, surrounded by Christmas presents she had been wrapping, and with the TV still on. Newspaper reports offered few details of her life — not even a photograph. Interweaving interviews with imagined scenes from Joyce’s life is not only a portrait of Joyce but a portrait on London in the eighties — the city, music and race. It is a film about urban lives, contemporary life, and how, like Joyce, we are all different things to different people. It is about how little we may ever know each other, but nevertheless, how much we can love.
“An authentic moving portrait of a forgotten life” – Indie Wire
“This documentary about a mysterious woman who had been dead in her bedsit for three years before she was found is heartbreaking – and a salutary reminder to keep our loved ones close” – The Guardian
“A documentary about Joyce Vincent, who lay dead on her sofa for three years before being found, is a searingly powerful examination of modern loneliness”– The Guardian
“Carol Morley’s sadly fascinating Dreams of a Life, which plays like a more artful cousin to TV’s true-crime docs, slowly assembles a portrait of Vincent, unfolding in a way that should earn fans in its niche theatrical run” – The Hollywood Reporter
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Abbadon. Lucifer. Beelzebub. Satan. Old Nick. Antichrist. Mammon. Old Scratch. Evil One. The Devil. He is known by many names across the world and across the centuries. You may have your own name for him. You may imagine his form, his shape, his voice, his presence. You may have seen his portrait in artwork, in paintings, in film. You’ve doubtless heard stories of his power. You may have seen his shadow in dark news reports. You may tell yourself he is a cautionary tale, a childish fable; that you have nothing to fear.
The central question this film sets out to interrogate is one that has been argued by the finest minds in philosophy and theology, by the illiterate, by rich, by poor, old, young, since time immemorial. The film examines this question through the life of one man, Malachi Martin; an Irish priest who dedicated his life to battling an ancient evil. Malachi Martin; exorcist. Using first-hand interviews, dramatic reconstruction, archival evidence and Martin’s own words, this documentary will follow Father Martin’s incredible crusade from the 1970s through to his death in 1999.
So. Does the Devil exist?
A CAUSEWAY PICTURES & UNDERGROUND FILMS production in association with NORTHERN IRELAND SCREEN and BORD SCANNÁN NA hÉIREANN / THE IRISH FILM BOARD
“a film where the puzzle of Malachi Martin is left for the audience to ponder. It is a look at the life of a curious figure from the late twentieth century—one as much showman as churchman, and one who continues to divide opinion and who will, no doubt, continue to do so for years to come.”The World Catholic Report
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Glasnevin Cemetery is the final resting place of 1.5 million souls; it is Ireland’s national necropolis. ONE MILLION DUBLINERS reveals the often unspoken stories of ritual, loss, love, redemption, emotion, history – and the business of death.
But this is really a film about life: the Saint Valentine’s Day rush in the florists; the American visitors eagerly searching for Irish ancestors; lost and longed for love; discovery and bereavement; earthy gravediggers and musicians in celebration. Above all, it’s the story of an immensely engaging Tour Guide shepherding his charges – and us – through the headstones and monuments, through opinions and beliefs. Filled with the familiar and the fascinating, this is a documentary that offers a glimpse into the unknown, into a world we will all come to share.
Often humorous, always affecting, ONE MILLION DUBLINERS explores life, death and the afterlife, and ends in a way that will stay with you forever. Even in a cemetery you never quite get used to death.
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A compelling documentary film four years in the making, The Pipe tells the story of the small Rossport community which has taken on the might of Shell Oil and the Irish State.
The discovery of gas off this remote coastal village has led to the most dramatic clash of cultures in modern Ireland. The rights of farmers over their fields, and of fishermen to their fishing grounds, has come in direct conflict with one of the world’s most powerful oil companies. When the citizens look to their State to protect their rights, they find that the government has put Shell’s right to lay a pipeline over their own.
Already 5 locals have spent 94 days in jail rather than let the proposed Shell pipeline cross their lands. This once tranquil area is engulfed in turmoil, as huge numbers of police drafted in. Normal policing has broken down following baton charges, surveillance, arrests, and a hunger strike by a local schoolteacher.
With the imminent arrival of the world’s largest pipelaying vessel, the Solitaire, a massive security operation is put into action by the State to ensure that the pipe is laid without interference. When all hope seems lost, events take a dramatic turn…
Following the personal experience of three main characters at the height of local tension, The Pipe is a story of a community tragically divided, and the prospect of a pipeline that can bring economic prosperity or destroy of a way of life shared for generations.
Green Rose Award for the film which gives Global Message, Jaipur International Film Festival 2012
Grand Prix, Ile-de-France Eniviro Film Festival, France 2012
Best Audiovisual, Green Film Awards, London UK 2011
First Prize, Ecology & Tourism: XV International TV Festval, Montenegro
Environmental Film Award: Reykjavik International Film Festival, Iceland 2011
Best Film, Festival Insulaire, Groix, France 2011
Best Chronicle, Maverick Film Awards, USA 2011
Best Score, Maverick Film Awards, USA 2011
Best Feature: Green International Film Festival, Seoul, Korea 2011
Grand Prix CIRCOM: Association European Regional Broadcasters 2011
Best Documentary CIRCOM: Association European Regional Broadcasters 2011
Best Factual Single, Celtic Media Festival, Scotland 2011
Best Documentary Film, Wurzburg Film Festival, Germany 2011
Best Documentary Film, Boston Irish Film Festival, USA 2011
Best Feature Documentary, Irish Film & Television Awards (IFTA), Ireland 2011
What if it made perfect sense for ordinary people to kill each other for money? Better than slow grinding financial ruin and misery, and all done according to a strict code by consenting adults. This is Trading.
In this fast-paced and twisty thriller, newly unemployed Vernon (John Bradley, Game of Thrones) refuses to toil away in an average job in a crumbling economy and instead masterminds a diabolical, all-or-nothing plan… Trading. In Trading, Vernon brings together two anonymous and equally desperate individuals to liquidate their assets, bring the cash to a remote location – and fight to the death. The winner walks away with everything. When Trading becomes an alarmingly popular underground phenomenon, Vernon becomes a participant in the very game that he created.
Audience Award, Belfast Film Festival, Northern Ireland 2016
Best Feature Film 7th Orbit Prize, Brussels International Festival of Fantasy, Belgium 2016
“An ingenious and macabre debut.” – Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
“…So well suited to the winners-vs.-losers realities of our economic moment.” – The Hollywood Reporter
“Dark and morbidly funny.” – Andrew Mack, Twitch
“… a monster tale about the power of greed and lust for power that really is like few other films out there today. Highly recommended.” – Ain’t It Cool News
“Traders could be the “Fight Club” for 2016…From start to finish, this film is dark, disturbing and very fun.” – Wicked Channel
“A daring and unique film. Killian Scott delivers as a captivating leading man.” – Film Ireland
“A fantastic look at the things we do for money.” – Rob Hunter, Film School Rejects
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An apparition of the Virgin Mary. A multi-million euro restoration project. A plane full of American pilgrims en route. Thousands of faithful seeking a miracle. Strange Occurrences in a small Irish village explores the big question of faith, in a small Irish village.
One dark evening in 1879 in the town of Knock, Ireland, fifteen villagers claim to witness a vision of the Virgin Mary. After two official inquiries, the village was declared a Marian Shrine. Today, Knock’s 2,000 residents welcome over one million pilgrims annually.
In the village, we meet people with compelling stories – invalids seeking cures; the eight sibling owners of rival religious merchandise shops; a woman relieved of multiple sclerosis during a 1970s pilgrimage; feisty Mildred, advocate for gender parity for the shrine’s handmaids; and the staff of the Knock Marriage Bureau, the matchmakers behind one thousand marriages and counting.
Father Richard has a vision of his own – to bring Knock into the twenty-first century. The charismatic, outward-looking Parish Priest is on a mission to entice new transatlantic visitors via Knock Airport.
With references to “the scandals”, falling church attendances, and the modernisation of the shrine and the village itself, Strange Occurrences in a small Irish village presents a timely reflection on the position of the Church in modern Ireland. For the faithful it celebrates a beacon of spiritual hope; for sceptics it opens an enticing window on an anachronistic but thriving world.
An UNDERGROUND FILMS production in association with RTÉ and the BROADCASTING AUTHORITY OF IRELAND in association with SHOOT FOR THE MOON and in association with BORD SCANNÁN NA HÉIREANN / THE IRISH FILM BOARD
“Compelling…Hilarious…Beautifully made… A film that will both fascinate and entertain the religious and non-religious alike” – The Irish Catholic Newspaper.
“A thoughtful meditation on Ireland, religion & community” – Hotpress
“A fascinating film about an extraordinary story” – Spin FM
“Respectful and warm-hearted… There is much to enjoy here” – Irish Daily Mail
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