2011 Competition Shortlist
Representing the cream of entries to the 3rd Annual ICCL Human Rights Film Awards in 2011, the shortlist features an eclectic mix of genres and styles – from documentaries to animation - and human rights issues at home and abroad. These films will be screened at a Gala awards ceremony in the Irish Film Institute on 15 June 2011 where the Jury will announce the winner.
Director: Fran CassidyDubliner Dara Gallagher is a quick-witted force of nature; a bon viveur, a raconteur and a rebel; a wheelchair user and a disability activist. In Freedom Driver, filmmaker Fran Cassidy follows Dara on a whistle-stop tour of his daily life and then travels with him to the European Parliament in Strasbourg.
Director: Hilary FennellElizabeth Petcu had devoted her life to music, becoming principal flautist with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra at the age of just 21. Last year, after 25 years with the orchestra, she had to leave the job she loved: she had been diagnosed with otosclerosis, a form of progressive hearing loss. This moving documentary lets the audience enter a world where sound plays a vital but increasingly frustrating role; it is the story of one woman’s fight to continue expressing her creativity through sound, and an exploration of her new relationship with silence.
Emerald Warrior (Clip only)
Director: Kyle KrosznerJay O’Callaghan is the captain of the Emerald Warriors, a Dublin rugby club set up in 2003 with the aim of giving gay, bisexual and heterosexual men the opportunity to play competitive rugby together nationally and internationally. In this meditative documentary, Jay talks frankly about his experiences growing up gay in Dublin, his struggle to come out to his family, and his love for rugby.
Listen to Me (Escuchame)
Director: Mabel LozanoSpanish filmmaker Mabel Lozano takes a fresh look at a difficult issue in Listen to Me!, a short film which explores the exploitation of trafficked women through local clients’ complicity with the traffickers. The film’s almost minimalist style and sparse dialogue serve to emphasise the power of its message.
Producer: Barry O'DonoghueIn Head Space, director Patrick Semple and a team of Irish animators use rich and evocative animation to explore the sensitive topic of child abuse and the complex range of emotions experienced by a child who is being abused by a parent. The film takes place in the mind of the abused child, where colour and whimsy give way to the dark tendrils of confusion, fear and loneliness from which the child cannot escape.
Election of Discontent
Director: Patrick Tierney‘The most appropriate thing you can do with election posters is make a tent out of them’. Filmmaker Patrick Tierney follows artist Eddie Cahill as he tears down campaign posters in the run-up to the Irish general election of February 2011 and repurposes the posters into a shelter for the homeless outside the Dáil. Eddie gradually reveals his own compelling story – from the source of his disillusionment with the Irish political system, to the importance of art as a means of rehabilitation and as a form of protest.