Dublin 8 teens keeping it reel with documentary on housing crisis

by Gazette Reporter
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By Cian Valentine

A group of teenage film students will be premiering their short documentary on homelessness and the national housing crisis this Friday.

The world premiere will take part in the Light House Cinema as part of the Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival this Friday, February 22.

Supported by The Digital Hub, a group of 18 teens aged between 14-16 took part in the Screen8 film-making course, which sees students mentored by award-winning filmmaker Mia Mullarkey.

The documentary, entitled No Place Like Home, was created in the hopes of bringing attention to the national housing crisis and how it affects everyone, including young people just like the filmmakers.

Filled with gripping testimonies from people who are homeless and on the emergency housing list, the documentary takes a deep look at those who are homeless and who are being affected by the national housing crisis.

In the documentary, the students aim to find out why this crisis is happening in their country and what can be done about it.

Grainne Humphreys, the director of Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival, and Fiach Mac Conghail, chief executive of the Digital Hub Development, were both impressed when watching the short documentary.

One student of the course, Isabelle Devereux McCarthy, said: “I personally cannot wait to experience watching our short film on the silver screen alongside our family, friends, those involved in the short and film festival goers for the first time.

“I strongly believe that it will be one of my favourite moments in my life.”

No Place Like Home will premiere this Friday in the Light House Cinema at 6pm with tickets available at ticketsolve.com for €13. The cinema will also host a second viewing of the documentary on March 1 at 11am, priced €10.

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