Our Right To Choose screening at Galway Film Fleadh

Our Right to Choose (dir. Hanan Dirya), co-produced by Treasa O’Brien (Ireland) and Aka Hansen (Denmark) had its Irish premiere at Galway Film Fleadh on 16 July.  In this 10minute documentary we meet Jenni, mother of two, who is a pro-choice activist living in Galway, where a Savita Halappanaaver died after being refused an abortion in 2012. The film follows Jenni and other pro-choice activists as they plan a public action and commemoration of her death four years on as part of the movement to repeal the 8th amendment in the Irish constitution which equates the foetus with the woman thus inhibiting any legislation on abortion. The film portrays pro-choice female activists living in Galway, exploring the challenges they face and what drives them to continue.

The film was made as part of Galway Stories, a 3-week intensive film programme in October 2016 where 16 European filmmakers lived and worked together to produce four short films in Galway.


News Jan-Feb 2017

Noor at Mytilini Port screened at London Short Film Festival and at Berlin British Shorts Film Festival in January and will be screening at Belfast Film Festival on 12 Feb.   MyDylarama did an interview with Treasa O’Brien you can read here >>


WANDA / Belfast Film Festival has invited Treasa to give a public talk about her work at Ulster University at 1pm on Friday 10 Feb. Free and open to everyone.

On Sat 11 Feb, she will facilitate a 3-hour workshop on Feminist Activist Video-making. And on Sunday she will attend the premiere of Our Right to Choose, a short film directed by Hanan Dirya, for which Treasa was producer and cinematographer.

Meanwhile, in Co. Galway, the Coming Soon… Exquisite Gort Migrant Film Project continues on Monday evenings in January with screenings of radical and experimental films + discussions.

Treasa made a short video with No Border Kitchen in Lesvos on 24 December to record their celebratory Chapati Day on the site next to Moria refugee camp. You can watch Happy Chapati Day here >>

News Autumn/Winter 2016: Awards, Screenings, Public Engagements

  • Awarded ‘Artist-in-the-Community’ grant from Arts Council of Ireland and CREATE forExquisite Gort Migrant Film Project – to take place Oct 2016-May 2017 – I will work with a group of migrants resident in the small town of Gort to start a film collective where we watch and discuss films together over the Winter and make a short film together in the Spring.
  • Selected as participant of Screen Talent Europe Nordisk Panorama Documentary Programme –nominated by Galway Film Centre, funding award by Screen Training Ireland, 15-21 September
  • Screening of The Blow-in short film at Dublin Fringe Theatre Festival, Filmbase, 19 Sept
  • AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE of Eat Your Children documentary as part of Radical Actions exhibition, RMIT Gallery, Melbourne, 6 Oct 2016  
  • Keynote Speaker (with Speaking of IMELDA collective) at 1916:Home:2016 Conference, National University of Ireland, Galway, 7 October
  • Screening of The Blow-in short film at Dublin International Short Film and Music Festival, Cine World, 7 October
  • Selected as participant on Galway Stories – Screen Talent Europe production camp 3-17 October – 16 filmmakers in four groups of four live and work together in Galway city – on this camp, I co-produced, with Aka Hansen, a short film ‘Not the Right Time’ about the pro-choice movement in Ireland, directed by Hanan Driya and edited by Matilda Henningsson.
           – Sunday 15:45 ICA as part of World at War shorts programme
            – Monday 10.30am NFT2 at BFI Education Screening ‘Seeking Refuge” – screening and panel event with Baraa Halabieh (activist and refugee, Borderline), Tom Davies (Amnesty), myself and lots of teenagers! Details:
             –  Monday 18:00 NFT3 at BFI Southbank as part of World at War shorts programme
  • Screening of Eat Your Children at Spailpin Fanach, Cork, 26 October, organised by Cork People Before Profit
  • Screening of Eat Your Children at The New Theatre, Dublin, 29 October, organised by The Progressive Film Club
  • 4-6 Nov, London: Conference co-organiser, After Chantal: International Conference, at University of Westminster – part of conference team selecting participants and organising schedule and panels, on the late filmmaker Chantal Akerman


  • Mon 14 Nov, Cork Film Fetival, Gate Cinema: Screening of The Blow-in, Cork Film Festival. This short film will screen before feature-doc Ever The Land at 1.30pm in
  • Invited Speaker, CongRegation Technology Gathering, Galway, 25-27 November
  • Invited Speaker & Screening of Eat Your Children, Radical Actions Conference,curated by Linda Shevlin, Roscommon Arts Centre, 2 December – after the screening, I will be in conversation with Paula Geraghty of Trade Union TV