The 9th edition of Irish Film Festa (7 – 10 April, 2016) will screen 1916 The Irish Rebellion, as a part of the special programme dedicated to the Centenary of the Easter Rising, which in 1916 started the process that led to the Irish independence from the United Kingdom and the constitution of the Republic of Ireland. The film will also be streamed live around the world to Irish embassies and consulates on March 16th from a Gala event at the National Concert Hall in Dublin
1916 The Irish Rebellion, narrated by Liam Neeson, is a documentary which examines the 1916 Easter Rising in Dublin and the subsequent events that led to the establishment of an independent Irish State and indirectly to the breakup of the British Empire. The film aims to place the Irish Rising in its European and global contexts as anti-colonialism found its voice in the wake of the First World War.
«1916 is a significant documentary — Liam Neeson said — As an Irishman, it is of course part of my history. The film puts the Easter Rising in a broader more international context than has ever been done, and shows how it inspired similar movements around the world. What attracted me most was that the film also focuses on the personal stories of those involved. These stories are very human and powerful.»
Liam Neeson, born in Ballymena (County Antrim), is going to be honored at this year’s IFTA (Irish Film & Television Academy) Awards, on April 9th, for his outstanding contribution to international cinema.
1916 The Irish Rebellion is an initiative of the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies at the University of Notre Dame, and it’s produced by COCO Television.