Saturday, 6 August 2011

Féile documentary on McAliskey

A documentary has just been released detailing the political journey and contributions of Civil Rights activist Bernadette McAliskey. Bernadette: Notes on a Political Journey premiered recently at the Galway Film Fleadh winning Best Documentary there.

The documentary has been directed by Lelia Doolan, which she has mixed powerful archive footage of the younger, firebrand political activist. The documentary itself consists of a series of interviews conducted over the last several years however its production has taken just over nine years in total.

The director Lelia Doolan, has summed up the 87 minute documentary on McAliskey as: “Giving younger people, and older viewers as well, in a time of bland politics, a chance to see that there are ways of thinking open to them that allow them to exercise their freedom as citizens and encourage them.”

Whether or not you have much time for the personal politics of McAliskey is neither here nor there. McAliskey’s work and commitment in relation to community, civil rights and women’s activism over the last four decades makes her stand out as one of the most respected political figures in Ireland.

There will be two screenings of Bernadette – Notes on A Political Journey on Sunday August 7th at The Nerve Centre Cinema (4.30pm and 7.30pm).