Bobby Sands: 66 Days and The Land of the Enlightened Officially Selected for Sheffield Doc/Fest

Posted May 5, 2016 by Suzanne Murray in News
Bobby Sands 66 Days
Bobby Sands 66 Days

Both BOBBY SANDS 66 DAYS and THE LAND OF THE ENLIGHTENED have been selected for the UK’s primary documentary festival Sheffield Doc/Fest where they are in the running for the festival’s grand jury prize.  Wildcard Distribution will be releasing both films in Irish cinemas later this year.

BOBBY SANDS: 66 DAYS, directed by Brendan J Byrne, is a cinematic portrait of the Irish Republican martyr’s epic 66-day hunger strike that grabbed the world’s attention in the early 1980’s. The news about the Sheffield selection coincides with Sands’ 35th anniversary who passed away on May 5th 1981.

At 17, Bobby Sands was interested in girls, soccer and music. Ten years later he led a prison protest against the conditions in Northern Ireland’s infamous H-Blocks that grabbed the attention of the whole world.  The documentary which had its world premiere this week at Hot Docs in Toronto is the story of his hunger strike in what became the epicentre of one of the most defining moments of the conflict in Northern Ireland.

Pieter-Jan De Pue’s documentary THE LAND OF THE ENLIGHTENED which was also produced by Fastnet Films, charts the complex Afghani war economy told through the eyes of the children who have found themselves caught up in the on-going American occupation. The film had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year where it picked up the World Cinema Cinematography Award for a Documentary.

Sheffield Doc/Fest will take place 10th – 15th June.