Paradiso for Beverly Hills

A scene from Paradiso.
A scene from Paradiso.

The multi-award-winning Derry documentary film, ‘Paradiso,’ has been nominated for an award at the Cinerockom International Film Festival in Beverly Hills.

The film will be screened in L.A. as part of the official festival in September 2015.

Paradiso was filmed in the Derry’s predominantly Protestant enclave known as ‘The Fountain.’

The film follows the ambitious efforts of musical troubadour, Roy Arbuckle, as he “reunites his former showband, ‘the Signetts,’ for a major dance event uniting Protestants and Catholics in a community long-divided by fear, politics and sectarian violence”.

Described as a “colourful, melancholic and ironic musical journey ,” Paradiso was commissioned by the BBC .

It has gone on to win 17 international awards as well as being nominated in more than 50 film festivals around the world.

Its director commented: “I believe that what makes the film universal, capable of being translated into different cultures is the idea that, everywhere there is a wall, a sharp division between people, there is also the memory of the times when those divisions weren’t there.

“The idea that the worst possible aspect of any division is not the wall, but getting used to that wall.

“Then there is also the power of music and dance as an antidote to fear, the fear of “the other’.”

Since its release. Paradiso has been screened around the world including in Mexico, Hungary, Germany , Kenya, Unites States , Italy, Turkey, South Africa, India, Bangladesh and Canada.

The film was produced by Margo Harkin, Besom Productions.

Martin Alioth, Irish correspondent of Neue Zürcher Zeitung newspaper in Switzerland described the film as having “Shiploads of optimism, joie de vivre, humour and sheer humanity.”