​​​​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.


As 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.  


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.

Upcoming Screenings

​Thursday, March 14​

The Jewish Congregation of New Platz
New Paltz, New York

​St. Patrick's Day

Sunday, March 17 at 7:30pm

The Shrubberies Film Club

Prestwich Hebrew Congregation

Bury New Road, Prestwich

Manchester, U.K.


Sunday, March 17 at 1:00pm
Chicago Jewish Film Festival

ArcLight Cinemas
1850 Tower Dr, Glenview, Illinois

Special Guest Henry Segal

Upcoming Screenings

Miércoles 27 marzo a las 19 horas

(Wednesday, March 27 at 7:00pm)

Festival Cine Político Dirigido por Mujeres

​Sociedad General de Autores y Editores

Sala SGAE Centre Cultural de Valencia

Blanquerías, 6

Valencia, España

Monday, April 15 at 2:00pm​
​San Francisco State University
Labor Archives and Research Center
1630 Holloway Avenue
San Francisco, CA
Filmmaker/Freedom Rider in attendance

Thursday, May 2 at 7:00pm

Reel Work Labor Film Festival
​Resource Center for Nonviolence
612 Ocean Street
Santa Cruz, CA
Filmmaker and Freedom Rider in attendance​

Sunday, May 5 at 2:00pm

​Unitarian Universalist Society of Sacramento

2425 Sierra Blvd.

​Sacramento, CA

​Filmmaker in attendance