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John Hume documentary tours UK marking the Good Friday Agreement’s 20 year anniversary

This spring, Irish Film London presents In the Name of Peace: John Hume in America on tour across the UK, including a series of screenings and Q&As with the film’s director Maurice Fitzpatrick. This film is particularly relevant in April 2018, in the context of the 20th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement and recent Brexit developments. 

Film screening info:

In the Name of Peace: John Hume in America + Q&A with the film’s director Maurice Fitzpatrick

Ireland 2017. Dir. Maurice Fitzpatrick. With Liam Neeson (narrator), Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter, U2’s Bono, John Major, Tony Blair. 90 min. Cert PG.

This feature documentary chronicles John Hume’s approach to politics in Northern Ireland in co-ordination with senior political figures in the US. 

Inspired by Martin Luther King, rising from the riot-torn streets of Northern Ireland to enlist American Presidents from Carter to Clinton, this is the story f the extraordinary work of Nobel Prize-winner John Hume to harness and leverage US support to help to secure peace in Ireland. 

Narrated by Liam Neeson and scored by Bill Whelan, the film includes interviews with President Bill Clinton, President Jimmy Carter, many US Senators and Congressmen, as well as Irish leaders and British Prime Ministers Tony Blair and John Major. 

At a time of political instability, this is a timely film examining steady leadership and international co-operation. 

Dr. Julie Mullaney, Head of Culture at the Irish World Heritage Centre  said: “I am delighted that the collaborative support of Irish Film London and Agreement 20 will enable wider audience access to opportunities to reflect upon and discuss the wider contexts and events that produced the Good Friday Agreement. Particularly grateful that we can also have the director, Maurice Fitzgerald, present to explore the making of the film and the role and impact of John Hume in and on the larger processes.”

Tour Dates:

LEEDS: Weds 4th April: Seven Arts, Harrogate Road, Leeds. In association with Leeds Irish Arts Foundation. 

MANCHESTER: Thurs 5th April: Manchester Irish World Heritage Centre, Irish Town Way, Manchester

BIRMINGHAM: Friday 6th April: Mockingbird Cinema, The Custard Factory, Birmingham. In association with the Birmingham Irish Association.

LIVERPOOL: Saturday 7th April: Liverpool Irish Centre, Boundary Lane, Liverpool.