Mother delivers her son to gang members to be shot

Morning Talk 27/07/2018

The title of this jolting new documentary is in no way figurative.

Sinéad O’Shea, writer and director, joined Mark Sainsbury on Morning Talk to talk about her film A Mother Brings Her Son to Be Shot which is featuring as part of the New Zealand International Film Festival.

Ms O’Shea’s film explores the repercussions of one woman’s fateful decision in a corner of Ireland to deliver her son to local gang members to be shot in the back of both legs, after they demanded retribution for his low-level drug dealing in their community.

“As you might imagine bringing him to be shot didn’t really solve any problems and actually, the whole thing escalated” she told RadioLIVE.

As the film shows, this form of punishment, known as ‘kneecapping’, is not out of the ordinary in this town who exercise brutal vigilantism upon residents they perceive to be out of line.

Over the course of a five-year shoot period, Ms O’Shea gets to know local activists, gangland mediators and Republican gunmen in ski masks as she sketches a portrait of a region left behind.

“I didn’t set out to make that film over five years, but the best aspect of that film is the fact that you can someone grow.”

“It’s an amazing journey to go on with somebody” she told RadioLIVE.

Listen to the full interview with Sinéad O’Shea above.

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