There was a full house for the screening of the brilliant “A Mother Brings Her Son To Be Shot”, followed by a lively Q&A with Director and Producer, Sinéad O'Shea. Film-maker and journalist, she has made films and reports for the BBC, al-Jazeera English, the Guardian, RTE and the Irish Times.
The film tells the story of Derry woman Majella O’Donnell who brings her teenage son, Philly, to be shot in both legs by dissident republicans. The film follows the O’Donnell family over a five year period as they come to terms with the “shooting appointment”.
Many were surprised to to learn how little life has moved on from “the Troubles” in the staunchly republican communities of Derry. Despite the Good Friday Agreement's success in maintaining peace, many communities in Northern Ireland remain afflicted by violence associated with dissident paramilitary groups.