Docs Ireland: The Days of Trees

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Sat 30 Dec 1899

CertificateNot Rated
Year2023
GenreDocumentary
Director(s)Alan Gilsenan
LanguageEnglish
CountryIreland
Running Time1HR 30MINS
Extra InfoRecommended 18+
SeasonDocs Ireland 2024

In this highly original feature documentary, Tomás Hardiman goes on a journey of discovery with film-maker, Alan Gilsenan.

As they progress, we witness first-hand Tomás’ unearthing of fresh and startling childhood happenings which had somehow eluded his memory. What follows is a profound pilgrimage towards uncovering how sporadic crises in adulthood, amidst an otherwise ‘normal’ life, had their roots in sophisticated sexual abuse by Christian Brothers in the late 1960s.

There is considerable beauty in this psychological excavation, the shadowy black and white palette lending intimacy to the unflinchingly honest testimony. This is the story of a man, not seeking vengeance, but seeking to transcend the trauma of his troubled past, ultimately finding redemption. (Sunniva O’Flynn, IFI)

From director Alan Gilsenan - “This is the story of an ordinary Irishman. But, for the grace of God, it could be any one of us. But it is Tomás Hardiman’s story and he has a right to tell it. Like so many other survivors of abuse, he can hold his head up proudly.”

2024 IFTA WINNER – George Morrison Feature, Documentary category.

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CertificateNot Rated
Year2023
GenreDocumentary
Director(s)Alan Gilsenan
LanguageEnglish
CountryIreland
Running Time1HR 30MINS
Extra InfoRecommended 18+
SeasonDocs Ireland 2024
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