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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

Secrets indicibles

Réalisé par Teresa Lavina 

Produit par Teresa Lavina et Gavin Lennon

Untold Secrets est le dernier film de Nova productions. Ce long métrage documentaire est la suite du court métrage documentaire primé à plusieurs reprises « Bad Fruit, The Unheard Voice of the Tuam baby ».

Untold Secrets donne un aperçu détaillé des histoires inédites de survivants des institutions irlandaises en se concentrant sur la vie et l'éducation de l'un de ces survivants ; Anne Silke.

À l'âge de 9 ans, Silke a été élevée à la maison mère et bébé St. Mary, Bon Secours à Tuam, chez les Killileas, une famille politique éminente de Tuam à Galway, en Irlande. Untold Secrets raconte ses abus sexuels et physiques souvent brutaux aux mains de ses frères adoptifs Jarlath Killilea et Mark Killilea Jr. (TD, ministre et MPE) le documentaire révèle également des interviews inédites avec d'autres survivants et aborde la commission récemment publiée de rapport d'investigation. Bien que Silke soit maintenant décédée, le documentaire donne une voix posthume à Anne et peut-être une fermeture à sa famille.  

Projections :

 

Première mondiale : Galway Film Fleadh Film de clôture 2021

Derry-Gasyard Film Feile

Belfast-Docs Irlande

IFI International : San Francisco (documentaire choisi) , Luxembourg, Ottawa (film d'ouverture)

Seminci - 66e édition Valladolid (Meilleur Documentaire - Section Time in History - Nomination, film d'ouverture de la section)

Festival du film indépendant de Vancouver - Meilleur film sur la justice sociale

Toronto International Women Film Festival - Meilleurs droits humains (mention honorable)

Festival du film irlandais de Londres

Festival africain des droits de l'homme

SLWF / Short Long World Festival - Argentine

 

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