Capital Irish Film Festival

Join us virtually for the 15th Annual Capital Irish Film Festival, co-presented online by AFI Silver Theatre with Solas Nua!

The Opening Selection is award-winning Irish-language thriller ARRACHT [MONSTER], a heartrending story of individual survival in Ireland’s 19th century famine years. The film is Ireland’s selection for the 2021 Academy Awards®. Director and screenwriter Tom Sullivan and lead actor Dónall Ó Héalai will participate in a post-film conversation. Internationally acclaimed animators of Cartoon Saloon bring mid-17th century Ireland vividly to life in WOLFWALKERS, a Golden Globe® nominee for Best Motion Picture—Animated. In a hand-drawn imagination of Cromwell-era Kilkenny, WOLFWALKERS is the capstone of a fantasy trilogy rooted in Irish folklore. The Festival will also spotlight the other two films in the trilogy: SONG OF THE SEA (2014) and THE SECRET OF KELLS (2009).

Additional highlights:

• PHIL LYNOTT: SONGS FOR WHILE I'M AWAY, a beautifully realized music documentary about the Dublin-raised Black lead singer of ‘70s band Thin Lizzy, followed by a conversation between Irish Times Arts contributor Tony Clayton-Lea and director Emer Reynolds.

• TRUE NORTH: THE FIRST GENERATION, a loving look at citizens of Northern Ireland who were born in 1921, with the nation, followed by a discussion with BBC Northern Ireland reporter Stephen Walker, writer-presenter of the film, and director Jonathan Golden.

• The 8th Film, a documentary that traces the campaign to overturn the 8th Amendment — a constitutional ban on abortion — led by veteran campaigner Ailbhe Smyth and “glitter activist” Andrea Horan as they chart a bold strategy of grassroots organizing and engineer the impossible. The activists and one of the directors, Maeve O'Boyle, will discuss their work with The Irish Times Washington Correspondent Suzanne Lynch in a post-film conversation.

• THE HUNGER: THE STORY OF THE IRISH FAMINE documentary narrated by Liam Neeson. Director Ruán Magan and art historian and author Dr. Emily Mark-Fitzgerald will join Dr. Cóilín Parsons, director of the Global Irish Studies Initiative at Georgetown University, for a post-film discussion.

• "Two Miles of Earth for a Marking Stone", a free concert event by exquisite female a cappella group Landless co-presented by the Embassy & Consulates of Ireland USA and Solas Nua

• Playback: A Selection of Irish-made Music Videos, directly from the Dublin International Film Festival, featuring a compilation of recent Irish-made music videos representing some of the most dynamic emerging film and music artists working in Ireland today.

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Sunday, March 14, 2021

Virtual Event
Event Type



Arts + Culture


18+, Young Adult


$1 - $20



$5-$12/film - Festival passes are available

AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center


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