Film Streams and the Omaha Irish Cultural Center will present a special screening of the THE WIND THAT SHAKES THE BARLEY on Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at 6:30pm at the Ruth Sokolof Theater followed by a panel discussion with with Dr. Lisabeth Buchelt, Associate Professor of Medieval British and Irish Literature and Culture, UNO Department of English; Dr. Barry Murphy, Professor Emeritus, Creighton University; and Douglas County Commissioner James Cavanaugh, Presenter for the Nebraska Humanities Council on Irish History. Pre-show entertainment, beginning at 6 pm, will be provided by vocalist Jill Anderson, who will perform traditional Irish ballads.
THE WIND THAT SHAKES THE BARLEY
Winner of the Palme d’Or at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival, director Ken Loach’s rich drama is set in 1920s Ireland, when workers from field and country were uniting to face the ruthless “Black and Tan” squads shipped from Britain to block Irish independence. Driven by a deep sense of duty and a love for his country, Damien (Cillian Murphy) abandons his burgeoning career as a doctor and joins his brother, Teddy (Padraic Delaney), in a dangerous and violent fight for freedom. After both sides finally agree to a treaty to end the bloodshed, civil war erupts among Irish factions. Families, who fought the British side by side, find themselves pitted against one another as sworn enemies.