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President Kennedy in Ireland: Irish Film Institute screenings

IRELAND 100: President Kennedy in Ireland: Irish Film Institute screenings

Saturday, May 28, 2016 4:00 PM

IRELAND 100: Celebrating a Century of Irish Arts & Culture

Dr. Harvey O'Brien, Member of the Irish Film Institute Board of Directors, presents several films examining President John F. Kennedy's visit to Ireland in the summer of 1963--a time widely seen as one of the defining moments in modern Irish history.

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IRELAND 100: Celebrating a Century of Irish Arts & Culture
President Kennedy in Ireland: Documentary Film Screenings
A program from the IFI Irish Film Archive

President John F. Kennedy's visit to Ireland in the summer of 1963 was widely seen in Ireland as one of the defining moments in modern Irish history. A state less than 50 years old at the time, Ireland welcomed the President like a native son, and as a symbol of the hopes and aspirations of a new era.

The screenings will be presented by Dr. Harvey O'Brien, UCD, Member of the Irish Film Institute Board of Directors, and author of "The Real Ireland: The Evolution of Ireland in Documentary Film."

Amharc Eireann Newsreel is a short Irish-language newsreel that screened in Irish cinemas in 1963, following that summer's visit of President Kennedy to Ireland. 1963/B&W/3.4 mins

The Columban Fathers Present President Kennedy in Irelandis a contemporaneous film celebrating the visit and the links between Irish and U.S. culture. 1963/Color/28 mins

John F Kennedy in the Island of Dreams is a 30th-anniversary film relating the visit to the dream of modern Ireland and its reality at a moment when Ireland has truly begun to make an impact on the world stage. 1993/Color/40 mins

Total Timing for Three Films: Approximately 2 hours,including film commentary, withno intermission.

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Dr. Harvey O'Brien is a lecturer in Film Studies at University College Dublin. He has published on topics including Irish Studies, history and the media, horror, science fiction, and documentary film. He is the author of The Real Ireland: The Evolution of Ireland in Documentary Film (2004) and co-editor of Keeping it Real: Irish Film and Television (2004). Dr. O'Brien has presented and published a paper examining President John F. Kennedy's visit to Ireland in 1963, being consulted by the U.S. Embassy in Dublin regarding the commemoration of the visit in 2013. His paper, titled 'We are proud of you': Screening Kennedy in Ireland, was published in Ruth Barton's edited volume Screening Irish America (2009). He is the author of Action Movies: The Cinema of Striking Back (Columbia, 2012).

IFI International is supported by the Arts Council of Ireland and Culture Ireland.

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IRELAND 100 Festival Trailer