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SF Irish Film DocFest 2018


Saturday, March 10th  3:00pm

Kila – Pota Óir • TICKETS

3:00pm (60mins) $15

Director: Anthony White

Pota Óir is a documentary and live film about one of Ireland’s most respected cult bands, Kíla, who merge trad, folk and contemporary music traditions into what the BBC World Review describes as a euphoric live experience.

Director Anthony White followed the band on tour, capturing performances over several shows ranging from the Tinahely Arts Centre in Wicklow to Dublin’s beloved Whelan’s, and the esteemed Cambridge Folk Festival.

Combining live footage, candid interviews and intimate backstage moments the film takes a mesmerizing musical journey and a very personal look at one of Ireland’s greatest and most acclaimed live acts.

Sponsored by Irish-American Crossroads Festival. 

Saturday, March 10th  4:30pm 

The Farthest • TICKETS

4.30pm (121 mins) $15

Director: Emer Reynolds

Followed by a Q+A with Bay Area documentary participants

The story of Voyager is an epic of human achievement, personal drama and almost miraculous success. Launched 16 days apart in Autumn 1977, the twin Voyager space probes have defied all the odds, survived countless near misses and almost 40 years later continue to beam revolutionary information across unimaginable distances. With less computing power than a modern hearing aid, they have unlocked the stunning secrets of our Solar System on a journey as revolutionary as the first circumnavigation of the globe and humankind’s first footprint on the moon.

With the participation of 25 of the original and current mission scientists, engineers and team members, the film tells the captivating tales of one of humanity’s greatest achievements in exploration. From the aluminum foil from the local market that was added at the last minute to protect the spacecraft from radiation; to one of Voyager’s most iconic elements: The Golden Record, which carries greetings, music and images from Earth to any alien beings they might one day encounter. The Farthest reveals how this famous record was created, and how it presents humanity to any creatures who may find it.

Saturday, March 10th  7:30 PM

In the Name of Peace – John Hume in America • TICKETS

7.30pm (90 mins) $15

Director: Maurice Fitzpatrick, who will be present.

The screening will be followed by Maurice Fitzpatrick in conversation with Robert O’Driscoll, Consulate General of Ireland to the Western United States.  Maurice will discuss the film and his recent book,

John Hume, Ireland’s greatest peace-maker, is widely recognized as the architect of the Northern Ireland peace process. In John Hume in America, Maurice Fitzpatrick explores how Hume created this framework for peace through the cultivation of an unprecedented and bountiful relationship with the White House and the US Congress.

“…the young people in Ireland have been told to either ignore John Hume’s role or to view it in minimalist terms,” Maurice Fitzpatrick, author of In The Name of Peace: John Hume in America says. “I find that extremely offensive. As a student of history, I find it very disturbing that the history isn’t properly recognized.”

Maurice Fitzpatrick, author and filmmaker joins us for a screening of his newly released film that documents how Irish politician and Nobel Laureate John Hume created the framework for peace in Northern Ireland. Narrated by Liam Neeson, the film contains exclusive interviews with former U.S. Presidents Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter, and UK Prime Ministers John Major and Tony Blair – and of course, Bono is in there as well.

Hume’s successful pursuit of peace in Northern Ireland through his co-operation with senior politicians in the United States makes for an original and powerful story.

Sponsored by Entekra, with community partner Northern Ireland Bureau.

Festival pass for all three documentaries- $36. All Access Pass

For Irish-American Crossroads discount, please apply special code on checkout.