Critically Acclaimed Feature Documentary BOBBY SANDS 66 DAYS to have Belfast Debut
BOBBY SANDS: 66 DAYS, the critically acclaimed feature documentary directed by Brendan J. Byrne is set to premiere in Belfast on July 30th in a screening hosted by The Belfast Film Festival and Féile An Phobail 2016 in an advance of its release in Irish cinemas on Aug 5th 2016.
The documentary first screened at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival in May which attracted over 200,000 people. Since then, it has been successfully received at the Sheffield Doc Fest and has premiered in Ireland as part of the Galway Film Fleadh where it came second in the Best Irish Feature Documentary category.
BOBBY SANDS: 66 DAYS is a portrait of the Irish Republican’s 66-day hunger strike. Seeing himself as a soldier in a conflict, Bobby Sands starved for the right to be recognised as a political prisoner. The film’s narrative is comprised of Sands’ own words, drawn from his hunger strike diary, which gives a powerful and personal insight into the man and his beliefs as he embarked on his final journey.
Using eye-witness testimony, unseen archive, reconstructions and animation, this documentary film offers a unique account of a man whose name is synonymous with the Troubles and who is considered by some to be a martyr. The film also captures a seismic moment in 20th century Irish history, the legacy of which we continue to live with today.
BOBBY SANDS: 66 DAYS is directed by Brendan J Byrne and produced by Trevor Birney. Oscar winning filmmaker Alex Gibney is a Consulting Producer.
66 DAYS is a co-commission for BBC Four Storyville and BBC Northern Ireland made by Fine Point Films and Cyprus Avenue Films in association with Northern Ireland Screen, Sveriges Television and the Danish Broadcast Corporation with the participation of The Irish Film Board.