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John Hume Documentary Screening
September 12, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
This year marks the 20-year commemoration of the Good Friday Agreement, bringing peace to Northern Ireland. The Kansas City Irish Center is honored to present the award-winning documentary In the Name of Peace: John Hume in America and welcome the film’s writer, director and producer Maurice Fitzpatrick to the Center.
John Hume saw that by harnessing the political influence of the Irish American diaspora in Washington it was possible address the legacy of colonial division in Ireland and to achieve peace. In the Name of Peace: John Hume in America is a compelling feature documentary, narrated by Liam Neeson, with dramatic footage from the conflict in Northern Ireland and stirring accounts by Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter as well as US Congressmen and Senators. This film shows how one man with courage and charisma, inspired by Martin Luther King, mobilized Irish Americans and America to bring an end to years of bloody violence in his homeland. With musical score by Bill Whelan (Riverdance), this beautiful film reminds us of the redemptive powers of politics to overcome hatred and division: in the words of Hume’s fellow Derryman, Seamus Heaney, when, ‘once in a lifetime, the longed-for tidal wave of justice can rise up, and hope and history rhyme’. At a time of great world instability, this is a timely film highlighting creative leadership and the need for steady international co-operation.
The screening is free, but attendess are requested to register for a ticket to help with planning for the evening.
Funding for this program is provided through a grant from Kansas City Irish Fest.