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Respect Human Rights Film Festival to Screen 'Eminent Monsters' followed by Q&A with 'Hooded Men'
03 Oct 2019 : News Desk
The fascinating documentary screens at the festival on October 6th in An Cultúrlann.

Tracing the roots of the western governments' use of torture, Eminent Monsters, is set to feature as part of the Respect Human Rights Film Festival in Belfast this weekend.

The feature documentary, directed by Stephen Bennett, includes extraordinary first-hand testimony from those who have experienced the physical and mental effects of torture including the ‘Hooded Men’..

This screening comes at the time of a recent decision by the Court of Appeal which ordered a criminal investigation into the treatment of the Hooded Men. The Court of Appeal confirmed that the abuse these men faced in 1971 would be characterised as torture if it was used today.

Following the screening, a Q&A session will be chaired by Festival Director Seán Murray and will include two of the Hooded Men, Liam Shannon, and Francis McGuigan, in what will be a poignant and revealing talk.

Speaking ahead of the screening, Festival Director Seán Murray said:

I am thrilled that Eminent Monsters will screen as part of Respect Human Rights Film Festival this weekend.

“This is a truly enthralling and revealing documentary which gets to the heart of human rights abuses which some in our society have faced. The success of the festival thus far demonstrates the increasing demand for festivals like this that empower, educate and advocate for those without a voice.

“I am particularly thankful that two of the Hooded Men, Liam Shannon and Francis McGuigan will share their powerful testimony at the festival.”

Respect Human Rights Film Festival will take place in venues across Belfast between 4-6 October. More information and tickets are available on the festival website




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