Film Society: Older Than Ireland

Film Society: Older Than Ireland


The Irish American Heritage Museum hosts Film Society: Older Than Irelend on September 30 at 7:00 PM. $5

This landmark documentary tells a unique living history of Ireland - one seen through the eyes of 30 Irish centenarians. The film explores each centenarian's journey, from their birth at the dawn of Irish independence to their life in modern day Ireland. Director Alex Fegan (who also looked at another aspect of Emerald Isle life in his 2013 tale The Irish Pub) has cleverly crafted a kind of chronological narrative out of their musings, covering everything from their first memories (a lot of which seem to involve new shoes) to life in triple figures.

What fascinates is their frankness. Many recall how "brutal" and "savage" their educators were, others recall the tumultuous events of the 1916 uprising and the "frightening" "Black-and-Tans" period. Partners' flaws are laid bare, as are concerns about declining moral standards and today's youngsters "doing nothing on their little machines." Each of the interviewees has witnessed a century of immense social, political and technological change, and provide a unique perspective on the meaning of life. 

370 Broadway | 518.427.1916

September 30 | 7:00 PM