A Mother Brings Her Son to Be Shot

Sat 14 July / Pálás Screen 1 / 18:30

Tickets €10  Concession €9


“An examination of how conflict transformation has affected the lives of people in Northern Ireland, now coming to terms with a new normal.” — WF

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 but unexpectedly humorous portrait of a post-conflict society. 

The Oscar winning filmmaker Joshua Oppenheimer (Act of Killing) is the executive producer.


Sinead O’Shea was recently named by Screen International as one of 10 European female filmmakers to watch out for. (link)

Official Selection: London Film Festival, CPH: DOX, Copenhagen, Glasgow Film Festival, Belfast Film Festival European Film Festival, Sydney Film Festival, New Zealand Film Festival, EBS International Documentary Film Festival, Korea

Award Nominations: FACT Award, CPH:DOX, Copenhagen, Maysles Observational Documentary Award, Belfast, Festival Choice Award, EBS Korea

The director will attend

Director Sinéad O’Shea
Script Sinéad O’Shea
Producers Figs Jackman, Ailish Bracken & Sinéad O’Shea

Year 2018
Country Ireland & UK
Duration 83min


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