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'Route Irish' Docu Debuts in Dublin Nov 7th

category national | arts and media | feature author Tuesday November 06, 2007 16:48author by eamcnn crufden - revolt video (semi-detached grey squad) Report this post to the editors

An Old Irish Indy Head Finishes his Docu

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Rummy thanks Ireland for 'Route Irish'

UPDATE: Download this documentary
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'Route Irish', a feature length verité/essay film on the campaign(s) against Irish facilitation of the US/UK Invasion of Iraq will be screened for the first time publicly in Dublin on Wednesday 7th November in Seomra Spraoi.

This film is firstly a vérite documentation of the emergence between 2002 and 2004 of a broad popular opposition to the US military use of Shannon Airport in the buildup to, invasion of, and occupation of Iraq.

It follows a loose network of politicians, activist groups and individuals through the story of the rise, fracturing and sudden decline and disappearance of this movement and retraces the way in which their combined efforts, energies and strategies served to effectively tear away the Irish States' veneer of neutrality and non-alignment in the post September 11th era of the 'War on Terror'.

Secondly it is a essayistic reflection asking, from the perspective of one Irish individual caught up in the cycle of protests here, why the international pre-war wave of opposition to the invasion of Iraq appeared so suddenly, peaked so quickly, and failed to sustain itself despite the fact that, in historical terms, all of the predictions of that movement (and worse) were proved right in the course of the ongoing US/UK occupation.

Thirdly it has, because of the progress of political events in Ireland, become a strange and surreal portrait of the Green Party pre their elevation to government.

It's production was made possible by the existence of a pretty comprehensive video archive of the period which was produced by a loose network of Indymedia Ireland related videographers, and which was collected over the course of the events by the editor of the film.

Making this kind of film without a budget would not be possible without the existence of a very strong copyleft ethos throughout the video activist community which has developed here in the last few years alongside the development of Indymedia Ireland and Revolt Video.

In the spirit of that ethos the editor, after this beta screening, will be making copies of the film without the voice-over commentary available to interested parties within the broad activist community which uses and contributes to the development of Revolt Video and Indymedia Ireland. It is hoped that those who disagree with the personal analysis/version of events put forward by 'Route Irish', or find it unsatisfactory, or want to improve it, will take it upon themselves to version* this slice of history.

* http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Software_versioning

Willie O'Dea
John Gormley
Mary Kelly
The Pitstop Ploughshares
Ciaran Cuffe
Edward Horgan
Conor Cregan
Margaretta D'Arcy
Eoin Dubsky
Tim Hourigan
The Black Pope
Terry Leyden
John O'Donoghue
Brian Lenihan
Eamonn McCann
George Bush
Bertie Ahern
Patricia McKenna
Joe Higgins
Michael D Higgins
John Gormley

among others.

The event will begin at 8pm.

Ciaron O'Reilly of the Pitstop Ploughshares will launch the film.

All are invited.

Pay what you can afford to the Seomra Spraoi project.

The screening will be followed by a discussion. The editor of the film, which was shot over a period of four years by a loose network of Irish video activists, will be there to shout at when it's over should you so choose.

Warning. This is not a happy clappy celebration film. It is a subjective essay on the events around Shannon Airport between 2002 and 2006.

After this initial screening the film will be distributed hopefully with the help of some of the audience through torrent networks and also through (the evil but efficient) google video.

A 'raw materials' package will be made available at cost for the use of any individuals or groups who wish to use the archive on which it relies to tell a different / thir own version of the story. For details - attend the screening or contact the editor at ecrudden (at) gmail.com.

Thanks in advance to seomra spraoi and revolt video for facilitating this screening.

Related Link: http://revoltvideo.blogspot.com/






 #   Title   Author   Date 
   Some more stills     .    Tue Oct 23, 2007 18:43 
   Last Batch     .    Tue Oct 23, 2007 18:47 
   'Route Irish' - What's in a Name?     .    Tue Oct 23, 2007 19:07 
   Forgot the address     .    Thu Oct 25, 2007 19:55 
   Route Irish (0.9)     eampnn crudpen    Thu Oct 25, 2007 21:29 
   LINK-Harry Browne's Take on the Pitstop Ploughshares     Harry Fan    Sat Oct 27, 2007 01:54 
   Flyer - please forward     Revolt Video collective    Wed Oct 31, 2007 11:41 
   See you Wednesday     Ciaon O'Reily    Thu Nov 01, 2007 01:50 
   Workable link on Anti-War Resistance at Enoggera Base. Australia     Ciaron O'Reilly    Thu Nov 01, 2007 08:05 
 10   how long is film?     Anto    Fri Nov 02, 2007 13:28 
 11   90 mins now -     .    Fri Nov 02, 2007 22:32 
 12   FINISHED! Anyone Want Copies For Screening?     ec    Mon Nov 05, 2007 16:57 
 13   Good Wishes     Sean Crudden    Tue Nov 06, 2007 17:06 
 14   Just in case people are unsure--     Seomra'r    Tue Nov 06, 2007 17:16 
 15   pedantic?     Jimbob    Tue Nov 06, 2007 17:35 
 16   Time of film showing???     T    Tue Nov 06, 2007 19:28 
 17   Ooopsey,heres the link to the Seomra Website     Seomra'r    Tue Nov 06, 2007 19:47 
 18   Tralee Screening     Kerry Ko Ko    Wed Nov 07, 2007 00:03 
 19   anywhere else?     x    Wed Nov 07, 2007 02:38 
 20   also @ the Lúgosi Béla Klub     redjade    Wed Nov 07, 2007 08:04 
 21   Should be available for download by midweek next week     ec    Wed Nov 07, 2007 10:14 
 22   review?     cling film buff    Thu Nov 08, 2007 09:57 
 23   Hats off to Eamonn     paul o toole    Thu Nov 08, 2007 10:37 
 24   sounds interesting     me    Thu Nov 08, 2007 11:07 
 25   An inspirational spark     Seán Ryan    Thu Nov 08, 2007 11:08 
 26   Reaction to 'Route Irish'     Lara Hill    Thu Nov 08, 2007 15:01 
 27   err...     anon    Thu Nov 08, 2007 15:47 
 28   anti-war march     Lara Hill    Thu Nov 08, 2007 16:30 
 29   almost touché, but not quite     anon    Thu Nov 08, 2007 17:01 
 30   Online Viewing     Denver The last Dinosaur    Thu Nov 08, 2007 18:01 
 31   hey Denver     redjade    Thu Nov 08, 2007 18:33 
 32   Online Viewing     Denver The last Dinosaur    Thu Nov 08, 2007 20:25 
 33   .     .    Thu Nov 08, 2007 23:37 
 34   why     .    Fri Nov 09, 2007 00:30 
 35   " Above all, do not compete"     Lara Hill    Fri Nov 09, 2007 09:05 
 36   Lara     anon    Fri Nov 09, 2007 09:49 
 37   .     Eoin D    Fri Nov 09, 2007 10:46 
 38   .     anon    Fri Nov 09, 2007 11:14 
 39   To anon     Lara Hill    Fri Nov 09, 2007 14:41 
 40   point taken     anon    Fri Nov 09, 2007 15:07 
 41   thanks to various     ec    Fri Nov 09, 2007 17:44 
 42   The Intro to the Screening from Notes........     Ciaron O'Reilly    Fri Nov 09, 2007 18:42 
 43   Moderation vs. NVDA     Deirdre Clancy    Sat Nov 10, 2007 01:12 
 44   clarification     anon    Sat Nov 10, 2007 14:47 
 45   GG     Joe    Sat Nov 10, 2007 16:31 
 46   Direct Actions Removed 4 U.S. Companies Transporting Troops     A    Sun Nov 11, 2007 11:06 
 47   Am     Seán Ryan    Sun Nov 11, 2007 12:32 
 48   the can can     B    Sun Nov 11, 2007 15:55 
 49   Response to anon     Deirdre Clancy    Sun Nov 11, 2007 19:20 
 50   For the record     POW!    Sun Nov 11, 2007 19:31 
 51   Trolls     Deirdre    Sun Nov 11, 2007 23:37 
 52   A non-debate     anon    Mon Nov 12, 2007 10:37 
 53   Deirdre and Anon     Suggestion    Mon Nov 12, 2007 13:20 
 54   No justification when anonymous     Deirdre Clancy    Mon Nov 12, 2007 14:04 
 55   One final word     Deirdre Clancy    Mon Nov 12, 2007 14:10 
 56   Can I have a final word? Thanks     anon    Mon Nov 12, 2007 14:26 
 57   Breaking news     an teach ban    Tue Nov 13, 2007 10:35 
 58   Deirdre is innocent     Aragon    Tue Nov 13, 2007 12:03 
 59   Dear Aragon,     MichaelY    Tue Nov 13, 2007 12:44 
 60   With all due respect     Aragon    Tue Nov 13, 2007 22:49 
 61   ahem, about 'Route Irish'     Harry Browne    Wed Nov 14, 2007 13:10 
 62   Ostriches are beautiful - though they have a few shortcomings too!     MichaelY    Wed Nov 14, 2007 13:49 
 63   excellent comment aragon     on the ball    Wed Nov 14, 2007 16:13 
 64   Historic Roots of Ploughshares Action at Shannon-Catonsville You Tube Footage!     Ciaron    Tue Nov 20, 2007 10:42 
 65   Route Irish - Bit Torrent     Richard    Wed Nov 21, 2007 13:50 
 66   Budapest Screening: Continental European Debut     redjade    Fri Nov 23, 2007 15:12 
 67   finally     Simon    Sat Jan 12, 2008 01:36 
 68   Truth is not the highest value: Peace is higher still     paul cassidy    Tue Jan 22, 2008 15:03 

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