The Craic Film Fleadh, now in its seventh year, premiered a number of Irish and Irish-American films in New York City, March 2 – 5.
The Gala Opening night featured The Boys and Girl from Clare, starring Andrea Corr (lead singer of The Corrs) and Colm Meaney. Other films included the Irish language shorts, An Duil and Fluent Dysphasia, starring Stephen Rea; Yu Ming Is Ainm Dom, director Daniel O’Hara’s follow-up to his highly successful short Burning the Bed, which stars Aidan Gillen of HBO’s The Wire; and Brendan Muldowney’s award-winning short The Ten Steps.
The award-winning documentary Battle of the Bogside, which takes us behind the barricades on both sides of the 3-day riot in Derry City in 1969, was also shown as was Ram Jodha’s American Faces, a film about an Irish-American and Indian American family pre-9/11 and post-9/11.
Omagh, starring Gerard McSorley, closed the Festival. This award-winning film highlights the struggle of a father who fights for the truth surrounding the August 1998 bombing in Omagh, Co. Tyrone. ♦