One night Majella O'Donnell took her teenage son Philly to be shot in both legs.
Majella, Philly and his shooters all live within an extraordinary community in Derry, Northern Ireland.
The “Troubles” officially ended in 1998 but this community is still at war. They do not accept the government or police. All this happens within the jurisdiction of the United Kingdom.
How do you bring your son to be shot? What happens afterwards?
How does family life continue? How does a community respond? When do wars really end?
For five years Sinéad O’Shea has filmed this shocking portrait of a post-conflict society.
Written and directed by Sinead O'Shea
A Mother Brings Her Son to Be Shot is produced by Sinead O’Shea, Ania Trzebiatowska, Ailish Bracken and Katie Holly of Blinder Films with Figs Jackman and André Singer of Spring Films
and Oscar-nominated Executive Producer Joshua Oppenheimer.
The production and release received the support of Screen Ireland and in association with RTÉ and Inevitable Pictures.
"★★★★ An extraordinary film...an eye-opening, rattling insight into modern-day Northern Ireland" Entertainment.ie
"Fascinating and Gutsy" Screen International
" Shocking but unexpectedly humorous" RTÉ
"Amazing stuff" Charlie Phillips - The Guardian
" A terrific film" - Nick Cohen - Spectator
" Truly shocking... Sinéad O'Shea has plenty of opportunities ahead" - The Film Experience
" Shocking" - Time Out London (selected as highlight of London Film Festival)
"A fascinating and troubling documentary which couldn’t be more timely" – Backseat Mafia
“A hidden gem of a doc" - Culture Fly
" Our favourite film at London Film Festival, an absolutely incredible doc." - Hiive.co.uk
" The essential documentary about contemporary Northern Ireland"
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ON RELEASE IN IRISH CINEMAS FROM FRI 14th SEPTEMBER 2018
The Light House Cinema , Smithfield Dublin - See times and book here
(Booking open 7pm Opening Night Q&A screening with Sinead O'Shea on Fri 14th Sept)
Queen's Film Theatre, Belfast )
18th October, 18.15 Global Governance Institute, UCL - Book Here
WARSAW WATCH DOCS FESTIVAL
WINNER OF Special Mention
February 1st -3rd 2019
Best Documentary Nominee
March 13th 2019, Curzon, Soho
Q and A with Gavin Esler
April 12th, 2019
Q and A with Fintan O'Toole
STILL VOICES IRELAND
August 17th 2019
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