Celebrate International Women’s Day At The Cinema

To celebrate International Women’s Day, Concern Worldwide, Hot Press and the Light House Cinema are running an International Women’s Day Film Festival.

“We are delighted to launch the inaugural International Women’s Day Film Festival” said Concern’s Liz Yeates. “In addition to having some remarkable and award-winning films on the schedule, we will highlight Concern’s work with women through a Women of Concern photo exhibition, talks and short films.

“This is the beginning of an exciting date on the calendar and next year we aim to build it into a two or three-day multi-faceted multi-dimensional festival, incorporating films by female directors and guests from developing countries. We hope people will come out to support the first International Women’s Day Film Festival at the Light House cinema for what is a very strong and entertaining schedule.”

Tickets are available from the Light House cinema box office at a cost of €20 for a daily ticket or €9 per feature film and 50% of the proceeds will go towards Women of Concern, supporting women’s projects in Bangladesh. Visit www.lighthousecinema.ie  or call Concern on 01 417 8064 for more information on this event and on Concern’s other International Women’s Day events on March 8th.

Below is more information about the films and Q&A sessions that will be run today, including a Q&A with Ken Wardrop, the director of the beautiful, heartwarming, tender His & Hers.

4.40pm: The White Dress
The white dress is the story of a little girl on her communion day but unlike other little girls she is making her communion all on her own.

5.00pm: Oranges and Sunshine
Starring Emily Watson as Margaret Humphreys, the British social worker who brought a shameful secret to world attention in the late ‘80s, Oranges and Sunshine tells the true story of hundreds of thousands of children who were deported to Australia in the 1940s and 1950s by the British government, and the struggle of one woman to reclaim their identity.

6.45pm: Music by Prudence
This Oscar winning documentary has received an amazing response from press and audiences all across the world.

Music by Prudence tells a self-empowering story of one young woman’s struggle who, together with her band, overcomes seemingly insurmountable odds and, in her own voice conveys to the world that disability does not mean inability.

7.20pm: As if I am not there
‘As If I Am Not There’ is a story of a young woman from Sarajevo whose life is shattered the day a young soldier walks into her apartment and tells her to pack her things.

Stripped of everything she ever had and facing the constant threat of death, she struggles against all the hatred she sees around her.  In a final act of courage or madness, she decides to make one last stand: to dare to be herself.  And this simple act saves her life.

9.00pm: Q&A session with Juanita Wilson, Director of ‘As If I Am Not There’

9.20pm: His & Hers
“A man loves his girlfriend the most, his wife the best, but his mother the longest.”

From kitchens, living rooms, and hallways across the Irish midlands, His & Hers delightfully combines observation and charm to tell a 90-year-old love story through the voices of 70 women. This intimate gender and cultural snapshot explores a woman’s relationships with the men in her life—father, boyfriend, husband, son.

His & Hers is an enchanting and affectionate appreciation for woman in all her versatility.

10.40pm: Q&A session with Ken Wardrop, Director of ‘His & Hers’

That’s Entertainment!
Sarina 🙂

About The Bellissimo Files

Hi, I’m Sarina Bellissimo and this is the place I come to indulge in my love of all things entertainment. I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t fascinated by all things Hollywood/showbiz. I blame my parents! As a child my mum used to force me to watch old Elvis Presley films with her, and both my mum & dad would take my brothers and I to the Drive-In to watch the latest films (this is where my love for ROCKY began!). When not watching movies, I was trying to figure out ways to pull the back off the TV so I could somehow get into it and be a part of all the action on the screen! This blog isn’t a place that revels in gossip and negativity. It’s a place where entertainment is celebrated. That said, this is a place you can turn to for honesty. Honesty and criticism don’t always mean attacks. I choose to criticise the piece of work but not the person and I acknowledge that just because I don’t like something, it doesn’t mean someone else won’t. Here you’ll find interviews with some of the biggest names in the world of Entertainment, reviews, breaking news and my very own musings. Away from The Bellissimo Files, you can find me on Spin 1038 on Saturdays, between 1pm and 3pm,presenting Plan B. There’s celebrity interviews, entertainment news, the low down on the must see movies and music releases of the week, the ultimate guide to what’s on where in the city, as well as masterclasses with experts on standby to answer listeners’ questions. I also appear on TV3’s “Elaine” panel, talk movies on “Ireland AM” and you can sometimes hear me filling in on Moncrieff’s “Movies and Booze “(Newstalk) The Bellissimo Files is constantly evolving. Files (topics) will be added or deleted as time goes on. Feel free to read, watch, comment, share, and make suggestions for what you would like to see on the site. Sarina
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