A selection of short documentaries screened as part of the Docs Ireland Short Documentary Film competition.
Situated in the coastal town of Larne is a short-term holding facility named Larne House. It is used for the detention of those deemed to be illegal. This documentary examines the issue of detention in Northern Ireland. It focuses on the stories of the volunteers from Larne House Visitors’ Group and the experience of one man who was detained in this system.
Duration: 20 mins Director: Sarah Duke
UISCE CAOL, NARROW WATER
Uisce Caol, Narrow Water, is a cinematic journey through physical and metaphysical borders of time, place, memory and consciousness. In Ireland North and South indicate both a direction and a national identity. This film sets out to explore some of the current social and political concerns regarding immigration, boundaries and borders.
Duration: 20 mins Director: Lisa O’Hagan
Celebrating women who by choice, chance or circumstance are child free.
Duration: 11 mins Director: Mairéad Ní Thréinir
THE VASECTOMY DOCTOR
Dr. Andrew Rynne was the first doctor to perform vasectomies in Ireland; he estimates that he has performed over 35,000. This is a distinction that did not come without controversy in the extremely Catholic Ireland of the nineteen seventies and eighties, but Dr. Rynne persevered in the face of opposition from the church.
Duration: 11 mins Director: Paul Webster
A group of friends are given lifelike baby dolls to care for over twenty four hours. How will they rise to the challenges of teenage motherhood?
Duration: 12 mins Director: Nodlag Houlihan
’The Wall’ details the history of the Belfast peace line between the communities of the Falls and Shankill Roads. It is illustrated through the personal story of filmmaker, Seán Murray whose family charts its history from polarising sides of the divide.
Duration: 12 mins Director: Sean Murray
Immersion tells the story of Rebecca’s drowning experience and how an encounter with death at a young age altered the rest of her life. It is an experimental documentary told through dance.
Duration: 8 mins Director: Deirdre O’Toole
IRELAND’S LOST AND FOUND
A short documentary about handcraft figures within Ireland.
Duration: 8 mins Director: Ryan Rafferty