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TRUE NORTH @ Richard Harris International Film Festival
25 October @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm€8
TRUE NORTH: Paud Mulrooney’s Irish-Canadian Adventures in Super 8”, is a 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, lead singer of 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.
For more info on Gord Downie’s “Secret Path” see www.secretpath.ca
The For the Cause block will feature 6 Nat/Intl Shorts Films:
Directed by Conor Healy
Runtime: 1 minute, 10 seconds
An army sniper contemplates the lives of those he is tasked with eliminating.
Directed by Dekel Berenson
Runtime: 15 minutes
In an impoverished country, rife with contradiction, a young girl is torn between her obligation to her family and the influence of foreign visitors.
The Boy Who Wanted to Fly
Directed by Jorge Muriel
Runtime: 20 minutes
In the Madrid of the 80s, Ivan, a five-year-old boy, is confronted with the birth of a new brother. His sister is dad´s favorite, the newborn is mom’s favorite. Which place does he take in this new situation? What if He could fly and escape?
Directed by Allyn Quigley
Runtime: 14 minutes
A taxi driver returns to work after the death of his daughter, only to come across the young boy who may be responsible
True North: Paud Mulrooney’s Irish-Canadian Adventures in Super 8
Directed by Deirdre Mulrooney
Runtime: 27 minutes, 30 seconds
This half-hour film offers a rare window into the life of Native Canadians via an Irish Family who were fortunate enough to share their path in the 1970s and 1980s.
The Third King
Directed by Chistoph Oliver Strunck
Runtime: 25 minutes
The coldest German winter of World War II. African-American private Jamar gets lost behind the enemy frontline. When he takes shelter in a cabin deep in the forest he struggles in an uncertain path with fateful encounters for heading home again.