The tenth Capital Irish Film Festival (CIFF), which will run from March 3-6 at various D.C. theaters, is proud to host Rachel Lysaght, an award-winning film and TV producer who is the chair of Women in Film & Television Ireland. Lysaght, who produced two of the films showing at the festival, will take questions after each film.
“Traders”, which shows Friday night, March 4, at 8 p.m. at the U.S. Navy Heritage Center, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, is a new thriller from Rachael Moriarty and Peter Murphy. It imagines a time of financial crisis when laid-off whiz kids invent a form of trading in which anonymously matched combatants liquidate their assets and fight to the death with the winner taking all.
Lysaght’s other production at the festival, “One Million Dubliners”, is already a classic in Ireland. It will show at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 6 at the Angelika Pop-Up at Union Market. Beautifully directed by Aoife Kelleher, this documentary explores the largest inter-denominational cemetery in Ireland. The resting place of the 1.5 million Dubliners of the title, it is a fitting lens through which to view the history, culture and rituals of the island nation.
Representing Northern Ireland filmmakers will be Eileen Walsh, director of “Together in Pieces”, an inspirational short film about the changing landscape of her country and the graffiti revolution that is overcoming sectarianism. It will show in a Double Feature on Saturday night at “Live at 10th and G” at 5:30 p.m. Walsh is an award-winning broadcaster, producer and journalist and founder of Foxwall Films, based in Derry, which specializes in interactive content.
CIFF is presented by Solas Nua (which means “new light” in Irish), a D.C.-based non-profit dedicated to introducing U.S. audiences to the contemporary art and artists of Ireland. Many of the more than 30 features, documentaries and shorts selected to be shown at the festival are written, directed or produced by women. For a full guide to CIFF 2016, go to www.solasnua.org