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John Hume Film receives Standing Ovation in Derry
28 Nov 2017 : Brendan Murphy
John Hume documentary
"In The Name of Peace: John Hume in America" is a new documentary made by film Director Maurice Fitzpatrick, and was shown as part of the Foyle Film Festival in Derry, in the Guildhall over the weekend.

The Film, which is narrated by Ballymena actor Liam Neeson, received a standing ovation and rapturous warm response from the attending audience of 300 people on the night, including many SDLP representatives and members of the Hume family (Mr Hume was unable to attend due to ill health).​

The feature documentary looks at the work of Mr Hume in trying to find a solution to the political violence in Northern Ireland.   He visited America often during 'The Troubles' to garner American support and assistance in trying to establish peace.​

Among the contributors to the documentary are former American Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter. ​

Other contributors include, former Prime Ministers John Major and Tony Blair, Gerry Adams and former SDLP deputy leader Seamus Mallon and U2's Bono.​

President Clinton visited Derry on numerous occasions due to the close bond that built up with Mr Hume's and others behind the cause.​

Speaking before the showing SDLP leader Colum Eastwood said that the documentary would show the real history of the peace process.  "It's very important that we hear the story of what happened from the people who were involved," he said.  "John's story and past work in the US needs to be heard as it had a huge impact on the peace process.​

Former Foyle MP Mark Durkan worked closely with Mr Hume for many years and said that Mr Hume knew the importance of American connections.

"John was held in high standing across the Senate and Congress and had a close relationship with speaker Tip O'Neill.

"He went to America with a very persuasive message and put in a lot of hard work and effort to help establish change."


Mr Hume's wife Pat attended the Dublin premiere of the film and said she was 'absolutely delighted' with the end result.  "Maurice Fitzpatrick's shows the work John did in the USA which was so important at the time as John got support to find a political solution for Northern Ireland."​

Mrs Hume said that John's links with America also helped to attract investment to Northern Ireland, and di some trade missions in the US, and supported the creation of the International Fund for Ireland and ultimately  the creation of 70,000 jobs.​

Mrs Hume said "I fully support the film and would encourage anyone interested to come and see it. It's a story that has to be told."

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