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DocDays: A Mother Brings Her Son To Be Shot (adv 15)

Filmed over five years this shocking but unexpectedly humorous documentary exposes paramilitary activity in present-day Northern Ireland during a supposed time of peace.

In 2012 Majella O'Donnell took her teenage son Philly to be shot in both legs. Majella, Philly and his shooters all live within an extraordinary community in Derry, Northern Ireland.

The “Troubles” officially ended in 1998 but this community is still at war. They do not accept the government or police. All this happens within the jurisdiction of the United Kingdom.

For five years Sinéad O’Shea has filmed this intense and darkly comic portrait of a family and community at war.

A Mother Brings Her Son To Be Shot has won acclaim at festivals all over the world and the Oscar-nominated director Joshua Oppenheimer (The Act of Killing) is executive producer.

DocDays screening

Director Sinéad O'Shea will be in conversation following the film with Gavin Esler, the novelist, journalist and former presenter of BBC Newsnight.

This event took place on Wednesday 13 March 2019 at Curzon Soho.

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With thanks to Blinder Films.