Sinéad O’Shea, Ireland, 2017, 84′
It seems inconceivable that a mother would tolerate an assault on her own child but Sinead O’Shea’s poignant film about The Troubles throws light on the distortions war brings: with family the first casualty. To exercise civic control the Ra meters out justice on the street and in this case the sentence is a non-fatal punishment shooting for a boy’s misbehaviour. Failure to accept this judgement would bring certain death. What should a mother do; what would the biblical Solomon do? Having to make this choice in a sense sums up the conflict in Northern Ireland where more often than not there is no right answer.
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Sinéad O’Shea is an award-winning filmmaker and journalist. A Mother Brings Her Son To Be Shot is her first feature documentary and had its premiere at the London Film Festival in 2017. She has directed and produced films with Al Jazeera English, BBC, Channel 4 and RTE including The Mystery Behind Eritera and The McCanns v The Media. Previously she has won an Irish Media Justice Award for Lives in Limbo with The Irish Times, and Irish Film and Television Award for Sampler with RTE and cover Ireland for the New York Times.
Director: Sinéad O’Shea
Producer: Sinéad O’Shea, Ailish Braken, Figs Jackman
Executive Producer: Joshua Oppenheimer, André Singer, Katie Holly
Camera: Richard Kendrick, Ross McDonnell, Paddy Stevenson, Sinéad O’Shea
Editor: Enda O’Dowd
Music: George Brennan
Sunday 22nd July, 5.30pm, The RoadHouse Cinema, Headfort House (Q&A)
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