Made over a period of nine years, this is the first full-length film on Bernadette McAliskey’s work and ideas since John Goldschmidt’s pioneering documentary in 1969. In Bernadette: notes on a political journey, she reflects on some arresting and painful moments in her public life.
When Bernadette Devlin first exploded into the public arena in 1969, she and her fellow students in the People’s Democracy were described as belonging to the politics of impatience. As John Bowman said of her: ‘She was not prepared to grow old in an unjust system. At 21, she was a veteran of the Battle of Bogside. Described as an Irish Joan of Arc and a mini-skirted Castro, she won the mid-Ulster by-election in 1969, the youngest woman ever elected at Westminster. She survived an assassination attempt in 1981 and remains a radical socialist republican.’
Commenting on the peace process in the North, she said, ‘Whether we like it or not, no matter how much we paid in the struggle to be somewhere else, this is where we are!’
Rebellious, awkward and contrary – impeccable character traits inherited from her mother – she has engaged in the cause of civil rights as a feminist, republican and socialist for the past forty years.
Bernadette Devlin McAliskey currently co-ordinates a publicly funded cross-community grassroots organisation in her home in County Tyrone.
Immediately following the screening of Bernadette: notes on a political journey, there is a panel discussion entitled ‘Agitate, Organise, Educate’ which will be led by
Bernadette Devlin McAliskey in the Town Hall Studio.
The Director and Bernadette Devlin McAliskey will attend the screening