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fight for truth Vicky Phelan documentary set to premiere at Dublin International Film Festival tonight

She was a leading force in exposing the CervicalCheck scandal


CervicalCheck campaigner Vicky Phelan

CervicalCheck campaigner Vicky Phelan

CervicalCheck campaigner Vicky Phelan

A film about Cervical Check campaigner Vicky Phelan is set to premiere at the Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival tonight.

The film, which was recently nominated for the 2022 Human Rights on Film Award, will air at the Lighthouse Cinema in Smithfield at 6pm this evening.

It will be followed by a Q+A with the film makers.

The documentary film titled Vicky, is described as “an exclusive and intimate journey into not only her fight to expose the truth of what happened for all women, but also her own personal fight to stay alive.”

A synopsis for the film reads; “In 2018, on the steps of The High Court, Vicky Phelan gave a now-infamous address where she exposed one of the worst women’s health scandals in Irish history: the cervical cancer debacle.”

The 90 minute film was directed by Sasha King and produced by Sasha King and Bill Snodgrass.

The film is one of five films announced by the The Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) in the running for the 2022 Human Rights on Film Award.

Other films nominated include Young Plato directed by Declan McGrath and Neasa Ní Chianáin, and Happening directed by Audrey Diwan.

Where Is Anne Frank directed by Ari Folman and Hive directed by Blerta Basholli are also nominated for the award.

The winning film will be decided by a panel of six judges chaired by disability and LGBTQ+ rights activist Suzy Byrne.

Citizenship rights activist Emma de Souza, former journalist Vincent Browne, founder and managing director of First Music Contact Angela Doran, and filmmakers Paul Rice and Liam Montgomery are also on the panel.

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Other new Irish movies to feature at the festival include the Belfast-set crime thriller Nightride, starring Moe Dunford; the drama Wolf which stars George MacKay and Lily-Rose Depp and was filmed in Ireland last year; and Dublin-set comedy-horror Let the Wrong One In, featuring top Buffy star Anthony Head.

The Virgin Media Dublin Film Festival runs until March 6th.

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