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Violet Gibson

Solas Nua's CIFF@Home with NYU DC Dialogues presents Violet Gibson: The Irish Woman Who Shot Mussolini.

2020 | Documentary | Runtime: 90 minutes | English

In 1926, Violet Gibson pushed her way through an adoring crowd in Rome and shot fascist dictator Benito Mussolini at point-blank range. She came the closest to success of four assassination attempts on Mussolini, yet, she was labeled a “mad Irishwoman”, committed to an asylum, and effectively written out of history.

This event took place on
Wednesday, July 27 • 6 PM ET

Registration gave you access to an on-demand film link to view ahead of the live Q&A discussion.

This is a free screening series - donate what you can to help Solas Nua bring you quality Irish film programming and provocative discussion.

Live Q&A with director Barrie Dowdall and writer Siobhán Lynam, in conversation with Dr. Miriam Nyhan Grey, historian, New York University's Glucksman Ireland House.
Introduction by Solas Nua board member Kate Meenan-Waugh

Rewatch the full discussion below | Runtime: 38 minutes

This revelatory documentary brings the fascinating story to light, of the bold, free-thinking  daughter of the Lord Chancellor of Ireland, who rejected the trappings of her Anglo-Irish upbringing, and committed herself to social justice, anti-war activism, and opposition to fascism.      

95 years after the assassination attempt, Dublin City Council’s decision to erect a commemorative plaque honouring Violet Gibson has generated worldwide interest in this truly captivating story of Violet Gibson -  The Irish Woman Who Shot Mussolini.

Hand-picked by Solas Nua's Capital Irish Film Festival, CIFF@Home with NYU DC Dialogues is a bi-monthly, curated series of Irish film. 

Selected for you to watch from the comfort of your own home, registration will give you access to an on-demand film link to view any time between now and July 27, as well as a Q&A that will be streamed via Zoom Webinar after you have watched the film on your own schedule.

Barrie Dowdall

Barrie Dowdall (Director) is an award winning filmmaker who specializes in producing, directing and shooting documentaries and films of historical, human and social interest for broadcasters worldwide. He has produced and directed work in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Jordan, Nepal, Zambia, Nigeria, Indonesia, Australia, Venezuela, the United States and throughout Europe for various broadcasters including RTE, BBC, BBC ALBA, TG4, PBS (The Bill Moyers Show) ZDF, The HISTORY CHANNEL, ABC, CHANNEL 9 and FOXTEL.

Titles amongst others include: The Long Road (An Bóthar Fada), Ned Kelly, Exile In Hell, Afghanistan - After The War, One Man & His Dog, Banished Women (Mná Díbeartha), Sanctuary, The Hit Producer, Promise & Unrest, Chess, Tómas, Forgiveness, and Violet Gibson.


Siobhán Lynam

Siobhán Lynam (Producer) works as a social researcher and policy analyst and is an occasional lecturer at the National University of Ireland Maynooth (NUIM). The Irishwoman Who Shot Mussolini,  Siobhán’s first radio documentary, won a Gold Award at the New York Festivals World’s Best Radio Programmes

Siobhán is a director of Ned Kelly Pictures, a Dublin based independent film and TV company and over the past 15 years has worked on a range of documentaries that have been directed and produced by her pal and husband Barrie Dowdall.

Siobhán was researcher, writer and co producer of the award-winning MNÁ DÍBEARTHA (Banished Women) (2013 BCI, TG4), the four-part documentary series about Australia’s Founding Mothers, the 25,000 convict women, over half of them Irish, who were forcibly transported to Australia between 1787 and 1853 as part of the British colonisation project.

Miriam Nyhan Grey

Miriam Nyhan Grey trained as a historian in Ireland, Italy & US. Her interests lie in migration, race, ethnicity, empire & diaspora nationalism. She has taught at New York University’s Glucksman Ireland House since 2009; is a collaborator for NYU’s Archives of Irish America’s Glucksman Ireland House Oral History Collection & hosts This Irish American Life on public radio hour. A founding board member of the African American Irish Diaspora Network, in 2019 she initiated the Black, Brown & Green Voices to amplify the experiences of people of African & Irish ancestry. Her first book was a social history of Ireland’s only Ford plant; in 2016 she edited Ireland’s Allies: America & the 1916 Easter Rising (UCD Press, Dublin); a regular co-editor of the American Journal of Irish Studies & inaugural associate editor of the new NYU Press Glucksman Irish Diaspora Series.

Registration is required in order to receive access to the on-demand film link, as well as the log-in details for the Zoom webinar. Please note that this program may be recorded. 

Live auto-transcript captioning will be available on this Zoom webinar.

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