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The Book Smugglers. Ireland, Lithuania, And The Freedom Of Language

One of the most interesting, and thought-provoking, Irish language documentaries of recent years will be screened at a film festival in Estonia, reports IFTN:

“Irish production companies Planet Korda Pictures and Vinegar Hill’s co-production with Lithuanian production company Era Films, ‘The Book Smugglers’, a documentary which was directed and written by Jeremiah Cullinane (Hitler’s Irish Movies, Dangerous Curves) co-founder of Planet Korda, will be screened at the 15th Estonian Black Nights Festival on the 26th November.

‘The Book Smugglers’ sees Irish poet Gearóid Mac Lochlainn and Lithuanian dramatist Albertas Vidžiūnas retrace the steps of the 19th century Lithuanian book smugglers who resisted Russification to save their language from extinction and asks why in Ireland, another small country at the edge of Europe with its own language and occupied by its larger neighbour, families were abandoning their mother tongue and teaching their children English?”

Originally shown on TG4, there is more information on this wonderful, challenging documentary at the Book Smugglers website.

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