Ireland's national public broadcaster.
Social issue documentary films that build cross cultural bridges
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.
The Long Ride is a compelling feature-length 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 chronicles their journey and the on-going fight for immigrant rights to this day including the progress and setbacks as immigrant rights activists seek justice for immigrants and push for passage of comprehensive immigration reform. With the Freedom Riders as our navigators, The Long Ride follows the action as events surrounding this controversial issue continue to unfold. Given the Trump Administration's attacks on immigrants, The Long Ride is very timely, and it sparks thought provoking dialogue about the treatment of immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers in the United States.. The film puts a human face on the immigration issue and examines the human costs as lawmakers consider overhaul of the U.S. immigration system.
Shalom Ireland is a documentary about Ireland's remarkable, yet little known Jewish community. The one hour film 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. The film aired on RTÉ, Ireland's national public broadcaster, and has screened at more than a hundred film festivals, community centers, universities and synagogues around the world.
Immigrants, Refugees, Asylum Seekers in the 21st Century
The Long Ride clips, book readings and conversation about how Ireland and America treat new arrivals and existing immigrant communities.
Sunday, October 14, 3:30-5:30pm
15 North Santa Cruz Avenue
Los Gatos, California
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.
Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at 1:00pm
Shultz Cultural Arts Hall
3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, California
Filmmaker in attendance
Whoever Heard of an Irish Jew?
Tuesday, December 11 at 1:00pm
Cultural Arts Hall
3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto
Filmmaker in attendance
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Saturday, October 13 at 6:00pm
Greenbelt Arts Center
123 Centerway Greenbelt, Maryland
Irish Arts and Writers Festival
Los Gatos, San Francisco,
Berkeley & Oakland, California
October 11-14, 2018
This year, the 2018 Irish Arts and Writers Festival expands throughout the Bay Area continuing its tradition of bringing together an incredible array of talent from Ireland and Irish America. The line up includes Pulitzer Prize winning poet Paul Muldoon; Ireland's leading columnist and literary editor Fintan O'Toole; Van Morrison's Belfast; songs of the Northern Irish Troubles; Fredrick Douglass's time in Ireland; art, dance, poetry and more.
Who Belongs: Immigrants, Refugees, Asylum Seekers in the 21st Century includes Nigerian born author Melatu Uch Okarie who shines a light on racism experienced by migrant women living in Ireland; filmmaker Valerie Lapin Ganley who will show clips from The Long Ride; Educator Yvonne Watterson, who grew up in Antrim during the Troubles and now advocates for greater rights for undocumented students in her adopted homeland of Phoenix, Arizona; and Éanlaí Cronin who teaches writing to people in recovery from addiction, alcoholism, trauma and abuse and attributes her own experience as a survivor of childhood abuse as a contributing factor to why she emigrated from Ireland to the U.S.
Paws for Thought: New Leads on Genealogy Resources workshop led by Kieran Cronin, Deputy Librarian, Waterford Institute of Technology, features the Lappin/Diamond family and the Hidden Diamonds museum exhibit will be on display.
Dream Resource Center
California State University Sacramento
Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 2:30pm
Filmmaker in attendance.
Room to be confirmed.
Saturday, October 27 at 2:00pm
Washington Ethical Society
7750 16th Street
Filmmaker in attendance