Although the Troubles might officially be over, splinter groups of the Irish Republican Army still exert an influence over the people of Northern Ireland. In A MOTHER BRINGS HER SON TO BE SHOT, director Sinead O’Shea explores the housing estate Creggan in “Free” Derry, where armed factions claiming the IRA name operate as a cross between a secret city council and a catholic mob. Focusing on the titular mother Majella O’Donnell and her family, the film examines the fragility of peace in Northern Ireland and the emergence of parallel societies in Western Europe.
EXTRA SCREENING friday 28 September at 21:10 (replaces THE GAME CHANGERS)
Sinéad O'Shea (Ireland) A MOTHER BRINGS HER SON TO BE SHOT is O’Shea’s debut as a documentary filmmaker.