Global Governance Institute


Documentary Screening: 'A Mother Brings Her Son To Be Shot'

18 October 2018, 6:15 pm–8:30 pm

Documentary: A Mother Brings her Son to be Shot

Join us for a documentary screening and Q&A with award-winning filmmaker and journalist Sinéad O’Shea.

This event is free.

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Archaeology G6 Lecture Theatre
31-34 Gordon Square

One night Majella O'Donnell took her teenage son Philly to be shot in both legs. Majella, Philly and his shooters all live within an extraordinary community in Derry, Northern Ireland. The 'Troubles' officially ended in 1998 but this community is still at war. They do not accept the government or police. All this happens within the jurisdiction of the United Kingdom. How do you bring your son to be shot? What happens afterwards? How does family life continue? How does a community respond? When do wars really end?

For five years Sinéad O’Shea has filmed this shocking but unexpectedly humorous portrait of a family and community at war. A Mother Brings Her Son To Be Shot has won acclaim at festivals all over the world and the Oscar nominated director Joshua Oppenheimer (The Act of Killing) is executive producer.

Sinéad  is an award-winning filmmaker and journalist. Her first feature documentary 'A Mother Brings her Son to be Shot' premiered this year at the London Film Festival this year. The Oscar winning director Joshua Oppenheimer is executive producer. This film has been nominated for a FACT Award at CPH:DOX, Copenhagen, Maysles Obserational Documentary Award at the Belfast Film Festival and Best Feature Documentary at this year’s EBS Documentary Film Festival in South Korea. 

About the Speaker

Sinéad O’Shea

Sinéad is an award-winning filmmaker and journalist. She has directed and produced films with Al Jazeera English, BBC Newsnight, Channel 4 News and Unreported World, and RTE. Previously, Sinéad covered Ireland for The New York Times. She also established the audio section of The Irish Times and won an Irish Media Justice Award for Lives in Limbo with The Irish Times and an IFTA for Sampler with RTE.

At present, Sinéad is developing her first drama feature 'Female Terrorist'. She is also developing further documentary work on post conflict situations and contributes to the Guardian and The New York Times.

'A Mother Brings Her Son To Be Shot' is currently on cinema release.