An international documentary film festival which gets underway in Malin at the weekend is extending its reach to include screenings in Carndonagh and Moville.
A packed two-day programme of breathtaking films will be shown in the historic Colgan Hall in Carndonagh during the Guth Gafa International Documentary Film Festival, which opens in Malin on Saturday morning.
It’s all part of Guth Gafa’s ongoing outreach programme, which aims to bring the best documentary films to as wide an audience as possible
The Carndonagh screenings, which begin at midday on Saturday with ‘Dreams of a Clown’ - a beautiful profile of life on the road with an Irish circus - continue through to Sunday evening.
“Last year, Guth Gafa held some screenings in Derry. This year we wanted to widen our reach in the Inishowen area while staying as close to our base in Malin as possible, said festival director David Rane.
“The Colgan Hall, just five kilometres away is a perfect location and the perfect size to screen what we believe will be some of the most popular films on our programme,” he added.
‘Virunga,’ the high octane real-life thriller about courageous park rangers in the Congo who risk their lives daily to protect the last remaining mountain gorillas will open this year’s Guth Gafa festival in Malin.
This will also be screened twice in Carndonagh over the two-day festival.
Other films which have been deemed ‘not to be missed’ in Carndonagh include: ‘Happiness,’ a film about a child monk in a remote village in Bhutan; ‘A Dangerous Game,’ Anthony Baxter’s follow up to You’ve Been Trumped about Donald Trump’s golf resort on protected dunes in Scotland and ‘The Stranger,’ Guth Gafa’s own Neasa Ni Chianain’s beautiful and poignant portrayal of enigmatic English artist, Neal MacGregor who lived as a hermit on Inishoboffin Island, off the Donegal coast.
Continuing its outreach programme, secondary school students in Moville will be the first audience for this year’s festival with a special screening for them in St Eugene’s Hall in Moville on Friday at 10.30am of ‘A Goat for a Vote.’
This documentary film takes a humorous look at how democracy is interpreted by a group of three secondary students in Kenya as they are followed in their campaigns to be elected the next school president.
The Donegal students will also have the unique opportunity to meet and talk with the film director, Jeroen van Velzen who will be present to take questions.
Meanwhile, it’s all systems go this week as Malin gets transformed into a film village in preparation for the festival. Over the weekend in Malin upwards on 20 documentaries will be screened at pop up cinemas in the Malin Hotel, the Old Courthouse and the School House.
For further information about Guth Gafa check out www.guthgafa.com. The festival is sponsored by The Arts Council, The Irish Film Board, The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, Honeycomb – Creative Works, Fáilte Ireland, Donegal County Council, Meath County Council, and RTÉ- Supporting the Arts.
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