BLOOD FRUIT @ Stranger than Fic­tion Fes­ti­val IFI, Dublin 2, Fri­day, Septem­ber 26th, 6.30pm

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - FILM - TARA BRADY

The Stranger than Fic­tion doc­u­men­tary fes­ti­val of­fers a par­tic­u­larly de­li­cious line-up of fea­tures this year, with films on Roger Ebert, Whitey Bol­ger and Roger Cor­man’s ex­pe­ri­ences in Ire­land.

The pick of the bunch , how­ever, may be Sinead O’Brien’s al­ready highly lauded

Blood Fruit. Win­ner of best fea­ture doc­u­men­tary at the Gal­way Film Fleadh, this mov­ing, stir­ring film con­cerns the Dunnes Stores work­ers who trig­gered a strike when they re­fused to sell South African goods dur­ing the apartheid era.

Fea­tur­ing the pow­er­ful tes­ti­mony of the late Nim­rod Se­jake, South African trade union­ist, the film of­fers a pow­er­ful ar­gu­ment for the value of street-level ac­tivism.

Blood Fruit also presents a warm trib­ute to 11 coura­geous work­ers – ini­tially, largely ig­no­rant about apartheid – and a por­trait of a very dif­fer­ent time in the cap­i­tal. Many of the strik­ers had, by their own ad­mis­sion, never met a black per­son; yet they risked fi­nan­cial se­cu­rity to stand up for the cause. Heart-warm­ing, es­sen­tial stuff.

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