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