Docs on dis­play in Done­gal

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The ex­cel­lent Guth Gafa In­ter­na­tional Doc­u­men­tary Fes­ti­val kicks off in Gor­ta­hork, Co Done­gal, to­day. More than half of this year’s films fall into the cat­e­gories of so­cial ac­tion, en­vi­ron­ment and hu­man rights, says co-direc­tors Neasa Ní Chi­anáin and David Rane. The three main strands in these ar­eas this year are Terrorism on Trial, Small Ac­tions vs Big Pow­ers and Get­ting the Mes­sage on Cli­mate.

High­lights in­clude Donor Un­known, an in­ves­ti­ga­tion of the sperm-donor busi­ness, Men of Ar­ling­ton, an award­win­ning study of the Lon­donIr­ish com­mu­nity, and Vodka Fac­tory, Jerzy Slad­kowski’s gritty anal­y­sis of cur­rent Rus­sian dis­con­tents.

The fes­ti­val also finds time to present screen­ings to school stu­dents. On this oc­ca­sion, lucky young peo­ple will get a chance to en­joy the splen­did Jig, a cel­e­bra­tion of com­pet­i­tive Ir­ish dancing, and the Cana­dian port­man­teau piece Lit­tle Films from a Big Coun­try.

The fes­ti­val runs un­til June 14th. See guth­gafa.com.

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