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Tuesday, May 22, 2018, 14:30 - 16:00

Maurice Fitzpatrick, Director


Language: Documentary subtitled in Japanese and Q&A will be in English

Screening: 14:30-15:30/Q&A:15:30-1600

After two decades of peace in Ireland, it is difficult for some to remember the war that wracked the country's north for years, with the loss of over 3,000 lives. Maurice Fitzpatrick's timely documentary argues that one man deserves much of the credit for ending one of Europe's most intractable conflicts: John Hume.

A former schoolteacher, Hume knew that the United Kingdom was incapable by itself of challenging Northern Ireland's unionist veto. So he traveled to the United States to persuade a group of American leaders to exert pressure on the British government. The result after years of relentless work was the Good Friday agreement of 1998.

In the Name of Peace: John Hume in America, Fitzpatrick's documentary, attempts to put this modest politician back into the center of recent Irish history. Featuring interviews with Tony Blair, Bono and no fewer than two US presidents - Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter - it has been screened at over twenty film festivals, including Washington DC, Boston, Los Angeles, Perth, Chicago, London, United Nations FF, Glasgow, Derry, Cork and Vancouver. It has been seen at three parliaments so far: the European Parliament, the US Congress and the Oireachtas, Ireland's parliament.

The documentary has been welcomed by Thomas O Neill, former Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts, as 'the most succinct narrative on the history of Northern Ireland spanning from Bloody Sunday to the Good Friday Agreement I have seen'. It arrives in Japan at a possibly critical moment: the consequences of Britain's shock 2016 vote to leave the European Union threatens the peace that Hume and others fought so hard to achieve. The Irish Question is back on the lips of a new generation of Europeans.

Maurice Fitzpatrick is a film director and an author from Ireland. He received a government scholarship to study in Japan in 2004-2017. He was a lecturer at Keio University, Tokyo, 2004-11, Bonn University 2011-2012 and the University of Cologne 2012-2016. He has made two documentary films for the BBC: The Boys of St. Columb's; and a second film for the BBC, an examination of Brian Friel's play, Translations.

Please reserve in advance, 3211-3161 or on the website (still & TV cameras inclusive). Reservations and cancellations are not complete without confirmation.

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