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Mincéir

Directed by Teresa Lavina 

Produced by Teresa Lavina and Gavin Lennon

 

‘Mincéir' is a very important and unique piece conveyed in the shape of a 55min documentary that will bring the audience onto a journey across the Irish traveller’s tradition their past traditions, present transitions and future views. It portrays how their culture has evolved through the collaborations of various members of the community from very different backgrounds.

 

About Micéir

 

The challenge of this documentary is to balance an accurate portrayal of Traveller life seen through the eyes of travellers and the necessary story elements needed to produce a great documentary and keep an audience engaged throughout. ‘Mincéir’ contributors tell  intimate secrets and stories about the Traveller traditions that have never been told before. The project will be an archive of information for future generations to access and this is a very important point for the Travellers mental health.  The documentary is driven by progressive, modern Traveller women and men that are a precedent for their community. It highlights how strong women are and have fought to follow their passions and become independent.

 

The documentary shows how the community’s resilience, adaptation skills and strength have carried them from being nomads to be settled. These members of the Traveller community share their passion for their culture, their art and how their uncomplicated means of living have made their tradition survive with very little records aside of word of mouth, singing and story telling. The Irish traveller community have a very important imprint in Irish history with a story to tell that evolved parallel to the settled community, a community that has endured a lot of harm caused by discrimination. It is very important to allow their stories to be told from their perspective without being colonised by a settled community voice and reach an international audience. ‘Mincéir’ will allow to carry their true stories not only to an Irish audience but also to an international one.

 

The content includes the contributions of many influential members of the Traveller community and groups which have helped highlighting their needs and give a voice to the voiceless. People and groups that have fought for years for Traveller rights, health and a better means of living. 

As part of the documentary we filmed a traditional wagon maker. This is a rare and very valuable contribution. We also filmed the oldest matchmaker  alive as well as the last two tinsmiths left in the community,  they kindly share their memories with the audience.

 

The film explores the craft of tin smithing and paper flower making, biddy pockets, tent making and music. We talk to healers and singers, actors and writers, ordinary members of the community, match makers and bread makers giving a full insight of the  Traveller community.

 

All these wonderful contributors will bring us to their bases in their picturesque locations across Ireland.

 

The documentary is delivered in English. ‘Mincéir’ brings together a diverse production team that will deliver this content being consistent with the very core of the piece, traveller well-being through art and cultures working together to create a top class 55 minute cultural stand alone documentary.

Screenings:

Seminci - 67th edition Valladolid (Spain) - Time in History Section

DIFF - Dublin International Film Festival - Official Selection

IFI International: Australia,  Ottawa, New Zealand

Unerzählte Geheimnisse

Regie: Teresa Lavina 

Produziert von Teresa Lavina und Gavin Lennon

Untold Secrets ist der neueste Film von Nova Productions. Dieser Dokumentarfilm ist eine Fortsetzung des mehrfach preisgekrönten Kurzdokumentarfilms „Bad Fruit, The Unheard Voice of the Tuam Babys“.

Untold Secrets gibt einen detaillierten Einblick in die unerhörten Geschichten von Überlebenden irischer Institutionen, die sich auf das Leben und die Erziehung eines dieser Überlebenden konzentrieren; Anne Silke.

Silke wurde im Alter von 9 Jahren aus dem St. Mary, Bon Secours Mutter- und Babyheim in Tuam zu den Killileas, einer prominenten politischen Familie aus Tuam in Galway, Irland, aufgezogen. Untold Secrets erzählt von ihrem oft brutalen sexuellen und körperlichen Missbrauch durch ihre Pflegebrüder Jarlath Killilea und Mark Killilea Jr. (TD, Minister und MPE). Der Dokumentarfilm enthüllt auch nie zuvor gesehene Interviews mit anderen Überlebenden und berührt die kürzlich veröffentlichte Kommission von Untersuchungsbericht. Obwohl Silke inzwischen verstorben ist, verleiht der Dokumentarfilm Anne eine posthume Stimme und möglicherweise eine gewisse Schließung ihrer Familie.  

Vorführungen:

 

Weltpremiere: Galway Film Fleadh Abschlussfilm 2021

Derry-Gasyard Film Feile

Belfast-Docs Irland

IFI International: San Francisco (ausgewählter Dokumentarfilm), Luxemburg, Ottawa (Eröffnungsfilm)

Seminci - 66. Ausgabe Valladolid (Bester Dokumentarfilm - Sektion Zeit in der Geschichte - Nominierung, Eröffnungsfilm der Sektion)

Vancouver Independent Film Festival – Bester Film über soziale Gerechtigkeit

Toronto International Women Film Festival - Beste Menschenrechte (ehrenvolle Erwähnung)

Irisches Filmfestival London

Afrikanisches Menschenrechtsfestival

SLWF / Short Long World Festival - Argentinien

 

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