Bernadette: Notes on A Political Journey

Tomorrow, Tuesday, 9 October, Maynooth students have a great opportunity to see an important film about the important role young people can play in politics. At 8pm in the IONTAS Theatre on North Campus, the film Bernadette: Notes on A Political Journey (2011), directed by Irish artist Lelia Doolan, will be shown as part of the Maynooth Film for All Film Club, a partnership between Kildare County Council Library and Arts Service, and the NUIM School of English, Theatre and Media Studies. Following the film, Leila Doolan, director, producer and actress, will be available to discuss the film and answer any questions. The film was awarded the 2012 George Morrison Feature Documentary Award, at the Irish Film and Television Awards. (Admission is students €2, for adults, €6, and €4 for seniors.

Who is Bernadette?

”Elected to the British Parliament in 1969 at the age of 21, Bernadette Devlin was the youngest-ever female MP [Member of Parliament].  A vital force in the civil-rights movement fighting discrimination against Catholics in housing and employment, she was also a gifted orator with strong community roots and even firmer radical-socialist convictions. Despite having faded in profile since she survived an assassination attempt in 1981, the former ‘Castro in a miniskirt’ proves well worth Doolan’s feature-length probing, filmed over the years 2002-11” – Charles Gant, Variety

Why should students care?

First: in an age of political cynicism, this film shows how important young people are in any democracy. She also was a gifted speaker and an inspiration to both young people and older people alike, in Ireland as well as the UK.

Second, this feature-length documentary provides a personal story about a larger period of political and social upheaval in the 1970s in Europe. Drawing upon the feminist call during this time that ‘the personal is political’, this film offers a feminist and cultural geographical perspective on a period of interest also to political geographers.

Third, students have the rare opportunity to meet a young award-winning Irish film artist in person and ask questions. Listen to an interview with Director Leila Doolan at the 55th BFI London Film Festival.

Spread the word to your friends! Enjoy an amazing evening!

Note: For other films this semester, see the schedule for the Maynooth Film for All Film Club, which usually air the first Wednesday of the month. What a great – and not too expensive – night out with friends… or a date!

Karen Till

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