A new repertory documentary film festival for the West of Ireland. In the heart of the community over the 3 shortest, darkest days of the year. We're taking the showings out of the cinema and into centres and libraries around county Galway.

We have carfeully selected the inaugural offerings - there is something for everyone. Family-friendly, subtitled, audio description and Irish-made are noted on each listing, so you can choose a showing to suit you. Each of the venues is fully accessible, with disabled parking. We'll be providing each attendee with a hot beverage - included with your ticket. Other snacks and treats will be available to purchase at each venue.

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Léaro Programme


Director: Asif Kapadia
UK 2015 2h 08m
English (Unrated)
Archival footage and personal testimonials present an intimate portrait of the life and career of British singer/songwriter Amy Winehouse. A documentary on the life of Amy Winehouse, the immensely talented yet doomed songstress. We see her from her teen years, where she already showed her singing abilities, to her finding success and then her downward spiral into alcoholism and drugs.


Director: Asif Kapadia
UK/USA 2010 1h 46m
English (12A)
The story of the monumental life and tragic death of legendary Brazilian motor-racing Champion, Ayrton Senna. Spanning the decade from his arrival in Formula One in the mid 80's, the film follows Senna's struggles both on track against his nemesis, French World Champion Alain Prost, and off it, against the politics which infest the sport. Years on he is revered in Formula One as the greatest motor racing driver of all time - and in Brasil as a Saint.

Waltz with Bashir

Director: Ari Folman
Israel 2008 1h 30m
Hebrew & English (18)
One night at a bar, an old friend tells director Ari about a recurring nightmare in which he is chased by 26 vicious dogs. Every night, the same number of beasts. The two men conclude that there's a connection to their Israeli Army mission in the first Lebanon War of the early eighties. Ari is surprised that he can't remember a thing anymore about that period of his life. As Ari delves deeper and deeper into the mystery, his memory begins to creep up in surreal images.

Faces, Places

Directors: JR & Agnès Varda
France 2017 1hr 34m
French (12A)
Agnès Varda, one of the leading lights of France's honored French New Wave cinema era, and professional photographer and muralist, J.R., partake on a special art project. Together, they travel around France in a special box truck equipped as a portable photo booth and traveling printing facility as they take photographs of people around the country. With that inspiration, they also create special colossal mural pictures of individuals, communities and places they want to honor and celebrate.

The Thin Blue Line

Director: Errol Morris
USA 1988 1h 41m
English (15)
Errol Morris's unique documentary dramatically re-enacts the crime scene and investigation of a police officer's murder in Dallas, Texas. A film that successfully argued that a man was wrongly convicted for murder by a corrupt justice system in Dallas County, Texas. Morris implies that the DA's and the judge's desire for the death penalty in this case (for which Harris would have been ineligible because of his youth) made Adams a scapegoat on whom to pin this heinous crime.

The Saviour for Sale

Director: Antoine Vitkine
France 2021 1h 35m
French/English (Unrated)
Salvator Mundi (The Savior of the World) became the world's most expensive painting when it was sold at Christie's for $450 million in 2017. Attributed to Leonardo da Vinci, the painting unleashed passions while revealing the excesses of our time. But is it really the work of the Italian genius, or one of the greatest scams in the history of art? A modern tale of globalization, the documentary delves into the secrets of the art world and explores the influence that one painting can exert on personal and geopolitical interests

Hunger Ward

Director: Skye Fitzgerald
USA 2020 40m
English (Unrated)
Filmed from inside two of the most active therapeutic feeding centers in Yemen, HUNGER WARD documents two female health care workers fighting to thwart the spread of starvation against the backdrop of a forgotten war. The film provides an unflinching portrait of Dr. Aida Alsadeeq and Nurse Mekkia Mahdi as they try to save the lives of hunger-stricken children within a population on the brink of famine.

Do Not Split

Director: Anders Hammer
Norway/USA 2020 35m
Cantonese/Mandarin (Unrated)
In 2019 Hong Kong was rocked by the largest protests since Britain handed back the area to China in 1997. This is the story of the protests, told through a series of demonstrations by local protesters that escalate into conflict when highly armed police appear on the scene.


Director: Anthony Giacchino
USA 2020 24m
French (Unrated)
For 74-years, former French Resistance member Colette Marin-Catherine refused to step foot in Germany. That changes when a young history student named Lucie enters her life and convinces her to visit the concentration camp where the Nazis killed her brother.

A Love Song for Latasha

Directors: Sophia Nahli Allison
USA 2007 19m
English (PG)
AA Love Song For Latasha is a dreamlike hybrid documentary in conversation with the past and the present to reimagine a more nuanced narrative of Latasha Harlins than standard archival practises have captured by excavating intimate and poetic memories shared by her cousin and best friend.

A Concerto Is a Conversation

Directors: Ben Proudfoot & Kris Bowers
USA 2020 13m
English (Unrated)
Packing a sweet emotional punch in the shortest running time of the group, this tender familial history is framed as a conversation between the filmmaker, composer Kris Bowers, and his grandfather, Horace Bowers (referred to in the film simply as “Grandaddy”). As Kris prepares for the debut of a new composition, Horace shares his journey from Jim Crow-era Florida to Los Angeles, where he started a dry-cleaning business by applying for loans by mail.

The Application

Director: Gina Moxley
Ireland 2020 13m
English (Unrated)
A documentary about freelance theatre artists' experiences of making applications during lockdown: the emotional investment, the bullshit, the hope, the absolute despair. This a portrait of what it takes to make a thing, to stay alive – the stuff we never see.

Older Than Ireland

Director: Alex Fegan
Ireland 2015 1h 21m
English (12A)
A landmark documentary that tells the story of a hundred years of a life as seen through the eyes of thirty Irish men and women aged 100 or over. Often funny and at times poignant, the film explores each centenarian's journey, from their birth at the dawn of Irish independence to their life as a centenarian in modern day Ireland.

Four Seasons in a Day

Director: Annabel Verbeke
Ireland/Belgium 2021 1h 15m
English (Unrated)
The crossing by ferry on a lough between Ireland and Northern Ireland, obliges the passengers to reflect on the future form of the frontier, somewhere hidden in the sea. This film is not the next journalistic attempt to analyse or depict Brexit, but a universal and sustainable portrait of a moment in history where people are requested to think about their identity, who they are, where they come from and what side of the camp they chose.

Murdair Mhám Trasna

Director: Colm Bairéad
Ireland 2018 1h 53m
Irish (Unrated)
A feature length docudrama recounting the infamous brutal slaying in 1882 of a family in the remote village of Mám Trasna, the West of Ireland.

Breaking Out

Director: Michael McCormack
Ireland 2019 1hr 25m
English (12A)
Fergus O’Farrell was the charismatic voice of Interference, one of the most influential bands on the Irish music scene in the 80s and 90s. Although diagnosed with muscular dystrophy at a young age, Fergus did not define himself by his condition nor allow it to limit his musical pursuits. The film follows him from his teenage days in Dublin to Radio City Music Hall and home to West Cork where he struggles to record his final album.

Songs for While I'm Away

Director: Emer Reynolds
Ireland 2020 1h 52m
English (15) The story of how a young black boy from working class 1950's Dublin, became Ireland's Greatest Rock Star. As lead singer of Thin Lizzy, Phil Lynott was a songwriter, a poet, a dreamer, a wildman.

I, Dolours

Diretor: Maurice Sweeney
Ireland 2018 1h 22m
English (15)
Documentary about Dolours Price, one of very few women who rose to the top of the IRA and who was involved in bombings during the Troubles in the 1970s.

The Bad Kids

Directors: Keith Fulton & Louis Pepe
USA 2016 1h 41m
English (Unrated)
Located in an impoverished Mojave Desert community, Black Rock Continuation High School is one of California's alternative schools for students at risk of dropping out. Every student here has fallen so far behind in credits that they have no hope of earning a diploma at a traditional high school. Black Rock is their last chance.


Directors: Claude Nuridsany & Marie Pérennou
France 1996 1h 20m
English (U)
A documentary of insect life in meadows and ponds, using incredible close-ups, slow motion, and time-lapse photography. It includes bees collecting nectar, ladybugs eating mites, snails mating, spiders wrapping their catch, a scarab beetle relentlessly pushing its ball of dung uphill, endless lines of caterpillars, an underwater spider creating an air bubble to live in, and a mosquito hatching

Encounters at the End of the World

Director: Werner Herzog
USA 2007 1h 39m
English/Spanish (U)
Werner Herzog takes his camera to Antarctica where we meet the odd men and women who have dedicated their lives to furthering the cause of science in treacherous conditions. A scientist studies neutrinos, which are everywhere, yet elusive; he likens them to spirits. A researcher's night-time performance art includes contorting her body into a luggage bag. We also meet an individualist penguin, who breaks away from the other birds to run toward the mountains, facing certain death.

My Octopus Teacher

Directors: Pippa Ehrlich & James Reed
South Africa 2020 1h 25m
English (U)
After years of swimming every day in the freezing ocean at the tip of Africa, Craig Foster meets an unlikely teacher a young octopus who displays remarkable curiosity. Visiting her den and tracking her movements for months on end he eventually wins the animal's trust and they develop a never before seen bond between human and wild animal.

Science Fair

Directors: Cristina Costantini & Darren Foster
USA 2018 1h 30m
English (12A)
Nine high school students from disparate corners of the globe navigate rivalries, setbacks, and hormones on their quest to win the international science fair. Only one can be named "Best in Fair."


Director: Jeffrey Blitz
USA 2002 1h 37m
English/Spanish (Unrated)
This documentary follows 8 teens and pre-teens as they work their way toward the finals of the Scripps Howard national spelling bee championship in Washington D.C. All work quite hard and practice daily, first having to win their regional championship before they can move on. The competitors not only work hard to get to the finals but face tremendous pressure as the original group of over 250 competitors is whittled down and the words they must spell get ever more difficult.

Full Timetable

Screening Time Venue Notes

Monday 20th

Hunger Ward 17:15 Mountbellew Community Centre 1 Open Captioned
Do Not Split 17:15 Ballinasloe Library 2 Subtitled
The Bad Kids 18:00 Westside Library 2
Microcosmos 18:00 Ballinasloe Library 1 Open Captioned, Audio Description
Older Than Ireland 19:50 Westside Library 1 Open Captioned, Audio Description
Four Seasons in a Day 19:50 Ballinasloe Library 2 Followed by a Q&A with cast
The Thin Blue Line 21:00 Westside Library 2 Closed Captioned
Amy 21:30 Ballinasloe Library 1 Open Captioned

Tuesday 21st

Colette 17:30 Mountbellew Community Centre 2
A Love Song for Latasha 17:30 Westside Library 1
Encounters at the End of the World 18:00 Ballinasloe Library 1 Open Captioned, Audio Description
My Octopus Teacher 18:00 Mountbellew Community Centre 1
Murdair Mhám Trasna 19:50 Westside Library 2 Subtitled
I, Dolours 19:50 Mountbellew Community Centre 2 Followed by a Q&A with Director
Places, Faces 21:30 Westside Library 1 Open Captioned, Audio Description
Senna 21:45 Mountbellew Community Centre 1 Subtitled

Wednesday 22nd

A Concerto Is a Conversation 17:30 Westside Library 2
The Application 17:30 Ballinasloe Library 2 Irish Premiere
Science Fair 18:00 Westside Library 1 Open Captioned, Audio Description
Spellbound 18:00 Mountbellew Community Centre 2 Open Captioned
Breaking Out 19:50 Ballinasloe Library 1 Subtitled
Songs for While I'm Away 19:50 Mountbellew Community Centre 1
Waltz With Bashir 21:30 Mountbellew Community Centre 2 Subtitled
The Saviour for Sale 21:45 Westside Library 1 Irish Premiere, Subtitled


Ballinasloe Library
Ballinasloe Library

Society Street
Co. Galway
H53 T320

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Mountbellew Community Centrep
Mountbellew Community Centre

Ballygar Road
Co. Galway
H53 R8E8

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Westside Library
Westside Library

Seamus Quirke Road
H91 Y067

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