Capital Irish Film Festival Opens with “Born and Reared”



Feb. 20, 2017

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Capital Irish Film Festival Opens with “Born and Reared”

Documentary Explores Lives of Northern Irish Men in the Aftermath of Conflict


SILVER SPRING, MD -- The Eleventh Annual Capital Irish Film Festival, sponsored by Solas Nua, opens on March 2 at the AFI Silver Theatre with the piercing documentary “Born and Reared”, a film that explores contemporary Northern Ireland through the lives of four men living in the aftermath of a conflict that ended in 1999. The film has been praised in Ireland as an unflinching look at what it was like to grow up in Northern Ireland during the “Troubles,” three decades of sectarian violence.


“Born and Reared” was inspired by director Hen Norton’s own childhood, during which she spent weekends and holidays with her stepmother, Maureen “Mo” Mowlam (who served as Secretary of State for Northern Ireland). Producer and Director of Photography Dan Dennison is an Irish photojournalist who has worked in conflict zones around the world. Norton and Dennison’s experiences inspired them to create a film that tells an honest and even account of Ireland’s conflict and those coping with the aftermath.


“’Born and Reared’ is a great film to kick off our 11th year,” said Pat Reilly, director of the Capital Irish Film Festival, “It is a first feature-length documentary by two journalists who have made film their medium.” Reilly added, “We are especially thrilled to have the filmmakers with us to engage the audience in discussion after the film.”


The Capital Irish Film Festival is a production of the Washington, DC-based group Solas Nua, which is dedicated to the promotion of contemporary Irish arts. For the first time, the festival will be held in the theaters of AFI in Downtown Silver Spring, MD. The festival includes a number of feature films, including two in the Irish language, and shorts and runs through March 5.


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