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Departmental Events

Saturday, March 07, 2020

 
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In celebration of International Women’s Week on the 7th March 2020, there will be a free screening of ‘A Kind of Sisterhood’ and 3000 Nights.
Venue: Ego Arts Venue, Silver Street/ Cook Street, Coventry , CV1 1JN

A Kind of Sisterhood is the story of women political prisoners in Armagh and Maghaberry jails, told in their own words.

Although this part of the history of the conflict in the North of Ireland has been largely ignored in the media it is a complex and compelling story. The film spans a twenty five year period covering the first women internees in the 70s, the killing of a prison officer outside Armagh Gaol in 1979, the republican women’s protest for political status, as well as the closure of Armagh and transfer to Maghaberry prison in 1986. The struggle with prison authorities is vividly portrayed including the gruelling effects of the no wash protest by republican women and the isolation shown in a loyalist woman’s story.

 

3000 Nights is a 2015 internationally co-produced drama film directed by Mai Masri. Layal lives in the occupied West Bank town of Nablus, Palestine. She is falsely accused of helping a teenage boy suspected of attacking a military checkpoint. When she refuses to testify against the boy in court, Layal is charged with being an accomplice and sentenced to 8 years in prison. Prison conditions deteriorate and the Palestinian women decide to launch a major hunger strike

Both films recount true life events of the experiences of female political freedom fighters and their time spent in prison.