Special San Diego Easter Rising Commemorative Screening of The Wind that Shakes the Barley and Q&A with Máirtín de Cógáin

 

**Saturday Morning, April 22 @ 11am at the Ken Cinema in Kensington**

 

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2016 saw magnificent commemorations around the world to celebrate the centenary of the Easter Rising of 1916, not least here in San Diego. While the 1916 Rising was the key event in reawakening the national spirit, it was just the opening act in 7 years of conflict that followed, that shaped the future of modern Ireland. No movie has captured that momentous period in Irish history like The Wind that Shakes the Barley. The movie captures the heroism of the subsequent War of Independence, and the tragedy of partition and Civil War that followed the creation of the Free State. To commemorate the anniversary of the Easter Rising, which took place on April 24th, 1916, Irish Outreach San Diego, partnering with its fellow Irish organizations in the city, are honored to have secured the rights to present a special screening of the Wind That Shakes the Barley on Saturday, April 22nd at the Ken Cinema, followed by a questions and answers opportunity with Máirtín de Cógáin, who plays the role of Sean in the movie.

The screening takes place at the historic Ken cinema in Kensington, on Saturday morning at 11am, with the questions and answers to follow directly after the screening in the movie theatre. For those of you who have not yet had the good fortune of seeing Máirtín perform, he is a singing, dancing, story-telling bodhrán player who also is a noted playwright and actor. He performs in his native Ireland and all over the U.S. In the Wind that Shakes the Barley, Máirtín gives a spine-tingling rendition of Óró, sé do bheatha 'bhaile in one of the movie’s most memorable scenes. We might even ask Máirtín for a repeat performance at the Ken! Speaking ahead of the event, Máirtín has expressed his delight in taking part in this very special event, “Every time I watch the movie I see something different. We had some craic during the seven weeks of the shoot, roaming about West Cork. I don't know if anyone could have told the story better than Ken Loach (director). What a gentleman. It was a dream job but also a deep education into the struggle for Irish freedom from the shackles of the oppressor. It is fantastic to see this film still getting screened around the globe.”

The Wind that Shakes the Barley is the seminal movie on this period in Irish history. Starring Cillian Murphy, it is the only Irish movie ever to win the Palm D’or (2006), the top honor at the Cannes Film Festival. In doing so, it joined some of the great masterpieces in cinematic history that have previously won the award including Taxi Driver, The Pianist, and Apocalypse Now. The movie tells the story of Damien O'Donovan (Cillian Murphy), a young doctor in 1920’s Ireland preparing to depart for a new job in a London hospital. As he says his goodbyes at a friend's farm, British Black and Tans arrive, and a young man is killed. Damien joins his brother Teddy (Padraic Delaney) in the Irish Republican Army, but political events are soon set in motion that tear the brothers apart.

The screening takes place on the morning of Saturday, April 22nd at 11am. The Ken Cinema is located at 4061 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116. Tickets for the screening and Q&A are $8 and are available to purchase HERE or by calling 619-291-1630. On the basis of early interest, the event looks like being a sell-out so it is recommended that you get your tickets early.

**Note that as a movie charting a particularly violent time in Irish history, the movie does have some moments that may not be suitable for children so parental discretion is advised.

More about Máirtín can be found online at www.MairtinMusic.com

 

 

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