Film is an integral part of the iBAM! offerings, and movie buffs have their choice of five movies this year!


To Live for Ireland – Remembering Pat and John Hume

Saturday 3:20pm  to 4pm Room 109 - Introduction by Dr. Mary Pat Kelly

Author and filmmaker Dr. Mary Pat Kelly reflects on her nearly 50 year connection to the Nobel Peace Prize winner,  John Hume, the architect of the Good Friday Agreement. Kelly’s award-winning PBS documentary, made in collaboration with WTTW,
To Live For Ireland will be screened with a discussion by Kelly. She will focus on the essential role played by Pat Hume, his partner in all things, in the nonviolent movement that against all the odds brought peace to Northern Ireland. 

Saturday 4pm-5:30pm Room 109 - Introduction by Dr. Mary Pat Kelly
Dr, Mary Pat Kelly directs the story of the USS Mason, the historic World War II battleship with an entirely segregated black crew. Aware of their deadly mission, the sailors aboard the USS Mason engage in fierce combat and fight to defend their country, despite the overwhelming racism back home in America. But even without the support of their nation, the crew members dedicate themselves to completing their mission and returning home alive. Starring Ossie Davis and past iBAM! awardee and guest Stephen Rea.

During World War II the largest US Navy base in Europe was located in Derry. It was the homeport for the destroyer escorts that guided troops and supplies across a treacherous Atlantic full of Nazi U-boats. So important was  Derry in the Battle of the Atlantic  that at the end of the War the U-boats were directed to surrender there. In December 2016 the new USS MASON DDG 87 named for the World War II USS MASON DE529 visited Derry. Now that same ship is headed for the Middle East as part of the USS Eisenhower strike group.  

The Brendan Voyage  - Saturday 3:30pm-4:15pm-Film, in the Library on 2nd floor, hosted by Theresa Choske

Could an Irish monk in the sixth century really have sailed all the way across the Atlantic in a small open boat, beating Columbus to the New World by almost a thousand years? St. Brendan (c.484 - 577) became famed for his voyages, particularly a seven-year journey around 538, to the 'Land of Promise', which he described in his epic saga, "Navigatio Sancti Brendani Abbatis'.  Award-winning adventure writer Tim Severin researched and built a boat identical to the leather curragh that carried Brendan on his epic voyage. The Brendan Voyage seamlessly blends high adventure and historical relevance. It has been translated into twenty-seven languages since its original publication in 1978. 

Harry Clarke: Darkness in Light, Sunday 12pm-1pm-Film, in the Library on 2nd floor, hosted by Therese Choske

Filmmaker John J. Doherty traces the life and work of Irish artist, book illustrator and stained glass artist Harry Clarke with contributions from biographer Nicola Gordon Bowe and stained glass artists, poets and historians. The film takes the artist's work in stained glass; religious and ethereal, and in book illustration; mainly dark and fantastical, as the basis for its title, and tells a story of talent, struggle, success and censorship. The film was made in conjunction with the Irish Film Board and TG4.

An Cailín Ciúin, Sunday, November 19, Room 109 2:30pm to 4pm

Don’t miss a screening of Academy Award nominated film, An Cailín Ciúin; The Quiet Girl, sponsored by Na Gaeil Chicago. An Cailín Ciúin is an Irish coming-of-age film written and directed by Colm Bairéad. Set in 1981, the film follows a withdrawn nine-year-old girl who experiences a loving home for the first time when she spends the summer on a farm with distant relatives in Rinn Gaeltacht, County Waterford. The film was nominated for Best International Feature Film at the 95th Academy Awards.