Sunday, 20 May 2018

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Ciné-ONU: The Queen of Ireland

On 22nd May, the anniversary of the same-sex marriage referendum vote in Ireland, Ciné-ONU will screen ‘The Queen of Ireland’ in order to highlight the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the UN Free and Equal Campaign. The film follows Rory O’Neill’s journey from the small Mayo town of Ballinrobe to the world stage, building up a multi-faceted picture of a complex and compelling character through behind the scenes footage and interviews with friends, peers and protégés.  Ultimately the film shows the ongoing evolution of Ireland into a truly equal society, as seen through the eyes of one of its most vivid, morally courageous and downright entertaining citizens. The film will be shown in partnership with the Irish Embassy to Belgium and OHCHR (Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights) at Cinéma Galeries in Brussels.

Panti Bliss | ©UNRIC

The screening will be preceded by a Facebook Live event broadcast on our Ciné-ONU Facebook page on 22 May at 17:15 CET. Tune in live to hear Rory O’Neill, the film’s protagonist, discuss his experience of the marriage referendum in Ireland and his ongoing work as a prolific LGBT+ rights activist.

The screening will be followed by a conversation on the issues highlighted in the film. The guest speakers include: Rory O’Neill (campaigner, performer and creator of ‘Panti Bliss’); Caroline Mellows (Irish Department of Justice and Equality), Claude Cahn (OHCHR); moderated by Carlos Jimenez (UNRIC).

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