Ballymun Flats, the Republic of Ireland's only highrise community was created in the 1960s to solve a housing crisis. Since then, social and economic issues associated with the address have led to prejudice against its residents, many of whom have been forced out of their homes due to redevelopment. Yet the community's sense of hope and perseverance shines, as seen in this inspiring documentary following music teacher Ron Cooney and the kids of the Ballymun Music Programme through the creation of a choral and orchestral album. While the film focuses on the incredible talent behind the project, it also gives us a glimpse into the lives of these young artists who have learned to overcome the limitations imposed by others.
Winner of the 2011 'Directors Finders Series', awarded by the Directors Guild of America, facilitated by the Screen Directors Guild of Ireland.
Dublin International Film Festival 2011
Galway Film Fleadh 2011
DOC NYC 2011
Cork Film Festival 2011
Chicago Irish Film Festival 2012
Boston Irish Film Festival 2012
ViewFinders | Atlantic Film Festival 2012
TIFF Kids 2012