Keepers of the Flame looks at the deep silence that followed the end of the revolutionary period in Ireland beginning with the Easter Rebellion in 1916, through the War of Independence from Britain and culminating in the bitter Civil War in 1922. Ireland has had stirring commemorations of 1916 but how does one commemorate a civil war?
Keepers of the Flame examines the reluctance of the Irish State and, indeed, the families of those involved to engage with the issue of civil war, often with good reason as families and communities had been split apart. The themes are universal ones of memory, remembrance and commemoration and how problematic this becomes after war but particularly so after a civil war. Irish President Michael D Higgins tells in the film of the split in his own family - his father and uncle took opposite sides in the civil war.
Keepers of the Flame was produced and directed by the Nuala O’Connor who, along with partner Philip King, has been a major contributor to cultural production in Ireland for over 30 years. Their credits included the seminal series on Irish music Bringing it all Back Homeand more recently the Other Voices series on contemporary Irish music which has seen shows recorded in Dingle, Berlin and New York.
Sat 7th, 3pm, Luna Leederville
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