Original Projects Page for Land Without God
Release Date: 2019
A documentary film by Gerard Mannix Flynn, Maedhbh McMahon, and Lotta Petronella
Executive Producers: Gabriel Byrne, Alan Moloney, Susan Bergin, Lotta Petronella, Maedhbh McMahon
From director Gerard Mannix Flynn’s note:
I want this film to redresses that absence and silence and correct the historical record. This is an opportunity to ensure Ireland’s history and our history is included and written by those who experienced the unthinkable and who live to this day with the unfixable.
For the generations to come questions will be asked about this chapter in Irish history. The grandchildren of those who were incarcerated will want to know, will have a right to know, what kind of history shaped their lives.
Gerard Mannix Flynn
Description (from the official website):
An intimate portrait of a family coming to terms with decades of institutional abuse and the impact it has had and is still having on their lives.
The film examines the legacy of Institutional abuse by the Irish Church and State over the last century. The story follows the writer, Gerard Mannix Flynn, together with generations of his family who for the first time, speak openly together about their childhood traumatic experience of being removed from the family home and being incarcerated in children’s homes and industrial institutions run by religious catholic orders. Here the children worked the land from dawn until dusk, ill-clothed, half-starved day in day out. The regime was merciless.
It focuses on the impact that violence had and is still having on them and their class. Why did this happen? How does one exit the trauma buried deep in the bones of generations? Is it possible to walk away free? And will they let you? Flynn leads us through the story of modern structured slavery. He becomes the receiver of the intimate tales of his family. He listens, witnesses and carefully archives their stories within his own story.