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.
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 >>