POVERTY, CHASTITY AND (DIS)OBEDIENCE: IRISH MISSIONARIES AND THE ANTI-APARTHEID MOVEMENT
With EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum & Lilliesleaf Farm
24/09/2020 at 6:30pm
Join us for the global premier of a new documentary highlighting the previously untold stories of the Irish missionaries involved in the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa.
Documentary |2020 | 60 min | English
Poverty, Chastity, and (Dis)Obedience – is dedicated to the generations of Irish missionary men and women who devoted their lives to South Africa, standing in solidarity with its people and their struggle. The first Irish Missionaries arrived in South Africa over 150 years ago. Since then, they have been a constant and influential presence in the country, working in particular to provide healthcare and education in disadvantaged communities. Many Irish Missionaries became vocal opponents of apartheid and joined the anti-apartheid movement. In 2019, the Embassy of Ireland in South Africa began capturing the oral histories of the Irish Missionary Diaspora in South Africa focussing in particular on their work in South Africa under apartheid, and the contribution to peace, justice, health, education and anti-apartheid activism over the decades. The resulting film highlights a previously untold story of the Irish diaspora in South Africa and presents a new aspect of Irish solidarity with South Africa’s anti-apartheid struggle.
This screening will be broadcast simultaneously in both Ireland and South Africa.