A Mother Brings Her Son to Be Shot

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Directed by Sinéad O'Shea
2017
Ireland, UK
83 minutes
15+
A shocking real-life shooting in Northern Ireland is the starting point for this unsettling documentary. Filmed over five years, it’s the story of a loyal mother and her two sons.

Although the Troubles officially ended 20 years ago, the Derry community continues to be divided. The government and police hold little sway. When violent Republican powerbrokers accuse Phil of dealing drugs, his mother Majella has no choice but to take her teenage son to be shot in both legs. O’Shea’s film, executive produced by Joshua Oppenheimer (The Act of Killing, SFF 2013), explains how and why it happened.

The spectre of Brexit rises up over her fascinating, gutsy, yet elusive film. – Fionnuala Halligan, Screen International

Sinéad O’Shea is a filmmaker and journalist. She has made films and reports for the BBC, Al Jazeera English, The Guardian, RTE and The Irish Times.

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A Mother Brings Her Son to Be Shot

Event Cinemas George St 9
Sat 9 June
2:30pm—3:53pm
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A Mother Brings Her Son to Be Shot

Dendy Opera Quays Cinema 3
Sun 10 June
5:15pm—6:38pm
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Year
2017
Classification
15+
Country
Ireland, UK
Language
In English
Director
Sinéad O'Shea
Producer
Sinéad O'Shea, Ailish Bracken, Figs Jackman
Screenwriter
Sinéad O'Shea
Cinematographer
Richard Kendrick, Ross McDonnell, Enda O'Dowd, Paddy Stevenson, Sinéad O'Shea
Company Credits
World Sales: CAT & Docs
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