Open City Documentary Festival

7 – 13 September 2022
in London

The Image You Missed + Q&A (2018)

Location ICA London, Director Donal Foreman , Country Ireland, France, USA, Duration 73, Date Event has passed

In this moving, singular essay film, Donal Foreman draws on three decades of unique, never-before-seen archive, deftly weaving together a history of the Troubles in Northern Ireland with his own search for the father he barely knew, Irish-American political filmmaker Arthur MacCaig. Through forensic examination of MacCaig’s footage—including material from his seminal 1979 documentary The Patriot Game—Foreman comes to know his father anew, and in the process provokes a riveting exchange between two filmmakers born into different political moments. The result is a fascinating, candid portrait (and self-portrait) that collapses the boundary between the personal and the political.

Screens with:
Irish Voices | Arthur MacCaig | 1995 | 13’

+ Q&A with director Donal Foreman, hosted by Michael Temple, director of the Birkbeck Institute of the Moving Image.

In Partnership with the Irish Film Festival and the Essay Film Festival

Supported by Culture Ireland as part of GB18: Promoting Irish Arts in Britain

If you like this… The Patriot Game also screens on Sep 8