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Cinema North West’s ‘New Roots’ film festival launched at The Dock

Free screenings for cinema fans this February at screenings across the county.

Cinema-lovers in Leitrim turned out in force this week for the launch of Cinema North West’s ‘New Roots’ film festival, which will see a selection of films being screened free-of-charge in Cinema North West’s cinemobile in towns across Leitrim County this February.

Cinema North West’s ‘New Roots’ film festival aims to screen entertaining films that reflect Leitrim’s many cultures, races and religions, to be enjoyed by newcomers, minority groups and those who have been deeply rooted here for generations.

The ‘New Roots’ festival will take place in the following towns across Leitrim during the first three weekends of February; Manorhamilton (Feb. 4th – 6th), Ballinamore (Feb. 11th – 13th) and Carrick-on-Shannon (Feb. 18th – 20th).

Launching the event, Hans Wieland, of the Organic Centre and Cinema North West described how the friendships he developed since moving to Leitrim,with his family in 1985, have helped him and his family to settle and become key contributors to the local community. In launching the festival Hans added, ‘The films which the ‘New Roots’ festival will present, in the fabulous surroundings of the Cinemobile, all deal with the many facets of developing friendships. These include relationships between young and old, people of different cultures and creeds and people from different countries and origins. Film is a wonderful medium to portray these friendships’

Speaking at the launch of the New Roots festival at The Dock this week, Councillor John McCartin, on behalf of the Peace lll Steering Committee, emphasised the changing face of Leitrim’s society and our need to embrace this positive shift in all aspects of our daily lives. ‘On behalf of the Peace III Steering Committee, I’m delighted to support the New Roots film festival and commend Cinema North West for their wonderful film programme, which highlights the very positive new fabric in our culture and society here in County Leitrim.’

Speaking on behalf of Cinema North West, Programme Director Nóirín Hennessy commented, ‘Cinema North West is delighted to announce this new film festival, celebrating the many different cultures, countries and creeds which form part of Leitrim’s society today. We’re especially delighted to offer these screenings free-of-charge and encourage young-and-old to ensure they don’t miss this great opportunity to see some wonderful films.’

Screenings include a wide variety of films to suit all audiences, including Martin Scorsese films ‘The Last Temptation of Christ’ and ‘Kundun’, Irish film-maker Áine O’Brien’s 2006 film ‘Here to Stay’ about the human-side of migration in Ireland and and award-winning Polish film 'The Reverse' which takes a sly look at life in 1950s communist Poland.

This project has been funded by the PEACE lll Programme through the European Union's European Regional Development Fund managed for the Special EU Programme Body by Leitrim county council on behalf of County Leitrim Peace lll Partnership

All screenings are free-of-charge, with tickets available on the door. Booking is recommended for groups. Enquiries and bookings: 086 604 9365 or info@cinemanorthwest.com. For full details on the festival's programme and schedule visit www.cinemanorthwest.com

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