Coming to theatres tomorrow, Wednesday, November 30: BOBBY SANDS: 66 DAYS
Brendan J Byrne’s intimate chronicle of the legendary IRA leader’s hunger strike debuted at Hot Docs earlier this year. The film also screened at DOC NYC, Galway, Sheffield, and Antenna Doc, among other events.
I previously wrote about the film for DOC NYC’s program, saying:
In 1981, at the height of the sectarian violence and nationalism in Northern Ireland known as the Troubles, a group of Irish Republican Army prisoners, led by Bobby Sands, went on a hunger strike to demand special recognition as political prisoners. Archival footage, Sands’s prison diary, and testimonials from key players reveal how this desperate tactic would bring the world’s attention to their struggle, elevate him to martyrdom, and shape the conflict for decades to come.