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‘I, Dolours’, is the story of one of the first female leaders in the Irish Republican Army (IRA), for whom the Good Friday Agreement brought no peace of mind. A member of a crack, secret IRA unit run by Gerry Adams, Dolours Price led the first ever team to bomb the centre of London in 1973. But before that, she was a central figure in one of the most notorious and controversial IRA operations of the Troubles: the murder and dumping into unmarked graves of people whose violent deaths the IRA wished to keep secret – the so-called ‘disappeared’.
This documentary, based on lengthy interviews with Dolours Price and extensive reconstructions, tells the anguished story of one of the few women to rise to the top of the IRA only to be haunted by memories of what she had done and by the realisation that it had all been for nought. Plagued by guilt, alcoholism and PTSD, she died in Dublin in 2013.
This showing will be followed by an Q&A with director and writer Maurice Sweeney.
Director – Maurice Sweeney
Multi award winning Director Maurice Sweeney has long been regarded as one of Ireland’s leading documentary filmmakers. Having worked on diverse films from drama documentary Cromwell In Ireland to creative portraits of Irish writers Flann O’ Brien and Brendan Behan and crime writer John Connolly, Maurice directed his first major drama feature in 2012, Saving The Titanic, to wide critical acclaim. The film sold throughout the world and has been watched by an estimated 10 million people. It won Best Director at the British Independent Film Festival and Best Feature at the Celtic Media Festival. Saving The Titanic also won a prestigious Gold World Medal award at the New York Festivals, and the Award of Excellence at the Accolade Competition in California.
As a director, Maurice has won four IFTAS (Irish Film and Television Academy Awards). In 2010, he filmed and directed the widely acclaimed The Forgotten Irish, dealing with the emigration to Britain in the 1950′s. Always returning to his love of sport, Maurice has made lasting portraits of his heroes Michael O Muircheartaigh and Vincent O Brien.
Recent films include: After Bannockburn (RTE), King of Ireland (RTE), Trial of the Century (TV3) and Barbarians Rising (History Channel and October Films).