A Mother Brings Her Son to Be Shot (2017)




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One night Majella O'Donnell took her teenage son Philly to be shot in both legs. Majella, Philly and his shooters all live within an extraordinary community in Derry, Northern Ireland. The "Troubles" officially ended in 1998 but this community is still at war. They do not accept the government or police. All this happens within the jurisdiction of the United Kingdom. How do you bring your son to be shot? What happens afterwards? How does family life continue? How does a community respond? When do wars really end? For five years Sinéad O'Shea has filmed this shocking portrait of a post conflict society.


Critic Reviews for A Mother Brings Her Son to Be Shot

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (1)

O'Shea doesn't really offer enough evidence to convince us the episode is emblematic of this conflict-haunted region.

October 2, 2018 | Full Review…

It's a documentary you need to approach with the full knowledge that there are no easy answers.

November 3, 2018 | Full Review…

A Mother is more of a socio-geographical snapshot than an investigative report.

September 18, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

It is not an uplifting watch - but it is an interesting study of what happens when the past remains unprocessed.

September 17, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The Troubles may be over but this film asks its audience to re-examine what this means for those who live in its wake.

September 13, 2018 | Full Review…

A Mother Brings Her Son to Be Shot, an impressive and intimate look at the impact of paramilitary violence in Derry.

June 12, 2018 | Full Review…

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