1th DMZ Docs(2009)
I AM DOCU
This long anticipated film about asylum seekers living in a former Butlin’s holiday camp at Mosney, Ireland, brings us intimate stories of trauma, hope, and fear of deportation. A unique view into a closed world - we meet the people who are waiting in the asylum process for years on end in this bizzare no-mans-land. The filmmakers spent time living at Mosney over the past three years, gaining unprecedented insight into the lives of this global village of displaced people. Seaview is a powerful visually driven work - a collaboration between award-winning artist Paul Rowley, and Darklight Festival director Nicky Gogan. It is the debut film from new Dublin production company Still Films, who were also awarded development financing for a number of other documentaries and feature films under the Irish Film Board’s ‘Multi Project Development’ scheme in 2007. Director Nicky Gogan says “Many Irish and English people are familiar with the Butlin’s Holiday camps, and many remember spending holidays at Mosney. It’s incredible to see this place for family entertainment now present such a different picture, but still a picture of escape. It resonates with so many of our pasts, and with so many contemporary issues. The residents of Mosney each have their own story to tell, from the tragic to the heartwarming.”
Nicky Gogan was one of the first active advocates of digital film-making in Ireland. She is a founding member of DATA, the Dublin Art and Technology Association and has launched Ireland’s first 3G mobile channel for short films and animation, Wildlight, which was nominated for the 2006 Mobile TV Awards at Mipcom in Cannes. Nicky has produced many web and film projects over the last few years. Seaview is her first feature film as a director.
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