​​​​Hidden Diamonds

Representations of Jews in Irish Literature

The story of Shalom Ireland Director Valerie Lapin Ganley's great-grandparents, Jacob and Fanny Diamond Lappin, was featured in a museum display during the Waterford Institute of Technology's presentation of Representations of Jews in Irish Literature​a traveling exhibition, in 2017.  The couple's wedding was the first Jewish wedding held in Waterford, Ireland and was the inspiration for Shalom Ireland.​​  

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Social issue documentary films that build cross cultural bridges

(Español) The Long Ride is a timely documentary about the historic 2003 Immigrant Workers Freedom Ride that sparked the new Civil Rights Movement for immigrant workers in the United States.  Alarmed by the increase in workplace abuses, deportations and family separation, more than 900 immigrants and allies traveled across America to focus public attention on the plight of immigrant workers and to call for reform of the broken immigration system. They were inspired by the 1961 Civil Rights Movement Freedom Riders who risked their lives fighting to end segregation.  The film follows their journey and the on-going fight  for immigrant rights today.


In 2017, the Irish Arts & Writers Festival in Los Gatos, California presented Jews in Irish Life and Literature, an event that included the Representations of Jews in Irish Literature Exhibition; Hidden Diamonds, museum panels about the Lappin/Diamond family that paints a social history picture of Jewish life in late 19th Century Waterford, Ireland;  screening of a Shalom Ireland clip; book and poetry readings; and a panel discussion.  In 2018, Hidden Diamonds returned to the Irish Arts & Writers Festival, and Fanny, Jacob and their family were featured in Waterford Institute of Technology Librarian Kieran Cronin's talk Paws For Thought: New Leads on Genealogy.

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​​​​"The weaving of the many stories told by those who took part in the ride provides a unique, passionate and powerful lens via which to view the present state of our country’s immigration debate."

Aldo Bello

Festival Director

Immigration Film Fest

​​“This important and exciting film shows the power of social movements for immigrant rights, civil rights, and labor rights joining together to fight for the human rights of immigrant workers in the U.S."

Risa Lieberwitz


Labor Relations, Law, and History

Cornell University 

Aired on Ireland's national public broadcaster

Shalom Ireland is a documentary about Ireland's remarkable, yet little known Jewish community.  Shalom Ireland chronicles the history of Irish Jewry while celebrating the unique culture created by blending Irish and Jewish traditions.  From gun running for the Irish Republican Army during Ireland's War of Independence to smuggling fellow Jews escaping from the Holocaust into Palestine, Shalom Ireland tells the untold story of how Irish Jews participated in the creation and development of both Ireland and Israel.  


Upcoming Screenings

​Basque Country Premiere

LAN Festival Audiovisual Obero

(Audiovisual Worker Festival)

Tour to Basque Country schools

Bilbao, España (Spain)