Belfast Film Festival

12th – 21st April 2018

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Day 8: An international peacemaker, Leonard Cohen On Screen and adorable dogs!

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One of the world’s leading international peace brokers, Padraig O’Malley, attended our screening of the documentary about his life, The Peacemaker.

Director James Demo, who was also at the Movie House, Dublin Road, spent five years following O’Malley who has devoted much of his life helping to make peace for others, including Northern Ireland, despite having troubles of his own.

Hugh Odling-Smee chaired a Q&A during which Padraig O’Malley chatted about his role in the Northern Ireland peace process, including bringing Martin McGuinness and all the chief negotiators to South Africa – including Peter Robinson and Jeffrey Donaldson – to meet with Nelson Mandela a year before the Good Friday Agreement. McGuinness calls it ‘a groundbreaking moment’ in the film.

Over at the American Bar, a packed out audience enjoyed a tribute to the late great Leonard Cohen on screen, in concert and interviewed over a 40 year period. (Due to demand, a second screening has been added this Saturday.)

And in the Black Box, two adorable pups from Guide Dogs for the Blind NI joined audiences for the Dog Film Festival – a philanthropic celebration of the many ways that we can appreciate the human-canine bond.