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Pray For Our Sinners

Directed by Sinéad O'Shea
81 minutes
Unclassified 18+
Irish filmmaker Sinéad O’Shea returns to her hometown to explore the historically shameful treatment of women and children by church and state in this intensely moving documentary.
The town of Navan, just west of Dublin, like many other communities in recent Irish history lived under the iron control of the Catholic church and officialdom. Contraception and abortion were banned, pregnant teens faced harsh punitive treatment, beatings were the norm for wayward kids. Award-winning director O’Shea is no stranger to difficult topics, as evidenced by her previous film A Mother Brings Her Son to Be Shot (SFF 2018). Nonetheless, amongst the brutality and hurt, O’Shea undercovers stories of kindness and resistance, from doctors who surreptitiously helped young mothers-to-be to impassioned campaigners against corporal punishment.
Powerfully documents what happened within living memory, the trauma still experienced by those who survived it and the inspiration from an often invisible resistance who helped to bring about change.
Allan Hunter, Screen International
An excellent demonstration of how the personal is political.
Sarah Manvel, Critic’s Notebook
Sinéad O’Shea has a gripping and inspirational story to tell about her home town of Navan in Co Meath, and she tells it terrifically well, talking to the people involved, engaging with the history, delivering the drama and teasing out the poignancies and complexities.
Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian


Sat 10 Jun
Ritz Randwick - Cinema 5
Assisted Listening
Past Event Cancel
Sun 18 Jun
Event Cinemas George Street - Cinema 3
Assisted Listening
Past Event Cancel
Program Strand
International Documentaries
Unclassified 18+
In English
Sinéad O'Shea
Sinéad O'Shea, Maya Derrington
Andrew Cummins, Brian Moore, Michael Lavelle, Enda O'Dowd
Enda O’Dowd
Australian Premiere
Documentary, Women Directors, Focus on Women, Religion & Belief
Company Credits
Sales Agent: Dogwoof
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