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Celebrating 150 years of Canada this Canada Day, July 1st, 2017, The Dark Room presents the world premiere of “TRUE NORTH: Paud Mulrooney’s Irish-Canadian Adventures in Super 8”, a new half-hour film by Deirdre Mulrooney offering a rare window into the life of Native Canadians via an Irish Family who were fortunate enough to share their path in the 70s & 80s.

“TRUE NORTH” offers a unique representation of Irish-Canadian experience via Paud Mulrooney’s never-seen Super 8 films and self-developed photographs of life on Cat Lake and Ogoki Post Reserves in the 70s and 80s, with his young family, (including the film-maker). Ogoki Post has come into international focus thanks to Gord Downie, the lead singer top Canadian band Tragically Hip’s latest album ‘Secret Path’, the proceeds of which go to truth and reconciliation with Canada’s First Nations. Paud Mulrooney, a school teacher from Limerick, was on this path decades ago, when he brought his wife and family to live with the Ojibway and Cree people, and ran the local schools there at a critical period of transition from the Residential school system to more enlightened native community-run schools, developing a new curriculum suited to native traditions and lifestyle. ‘True North’ reveals what drew Paud Mulrooney there – from his days in Trinity College Dublin to an encounter with Vietnam War Draft Dodgers who were forming a film co-op when he arrived to Toronto in the 1960s – bathed in the gorgeous hues of his original dreamy Super 8 reels and slow photography.

North Ontario Road Trip in our Datsun

There will be a Q & A with the film-maker & her mother after the screening.

For more info on Gord Downie’s “Secret Path” see

Time: 6pm
Place: The Dark Room, 32 North Brunswick Street, Smithfield, Dublin 7
Price: Free