During the Troubles in Northern Ireland many people were imprisoned during the period of internment in the 1970s and onwards throughout the conflict. What is not as widely known is that women were also interned and took part in hunger strikes while in Armagh Gaol until its closure and transfer to Maghaberry prison in 1986.
This compelling and revelatory documentary covers a 25 year period from the first women to be interned in the 1970s, to the killing of a prison officer outside the Gaol in 1979 and the republican women’s protest for political status.
The film’s strength lies in its candid interviews with eight women imprisoned at different times in the Gaol, as well as accounts from journalist Nell McCafferty and the former prison chaplain, Fr. Raymond Murray. The result is an important document that reveals a perspective on recent Irish history rarely seen or discussed.
The directors will be in attendance and join us for a Q&A after the screening.
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