“In the Name of Peace: John Hume in America” was written, produced and directed by Maurice Fitzpatrick, who will be present to introduce the film and to do a Q & A after the screening.
The documentary follows the life of Nobel Peace Prize winner John Hume as he worked tirelessly over decades to rally the support of one American president after another to back the peace process in Ireland, and was a key agent in the transformation of Northern Ireland – one which valued inclusive peace.
Narrated by Liam Neeson, with a score provided by Riverdance composer Bill Whelan, the documentary also features interviews with former American Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter, British Prime Ministers Tony Blair and John Major, and Taoisigh Bertie Ahern and Enda Kenny.
Director Maurice Fitzpatrick told RTE that “Building peace, and protecting that peace, in Northern Ireland requires a clear view of the nature of the problems in Northern Ireland, and a sense of the depth in time of the current phase of the peace process to educate people about confronting the problems that endure. A reflection on the political life of John Hume in a good place to start.”
Co-sponsors: The Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies and the Klau Center for Civil and Human Rights.
The documentary has screened throughout the world, including on RTÉ One and at the John F. Kennedy Library and the Council for Foreign Relations.
The following day, Friday, September 21, Maurice Fitzpatrick will be a panelist at the Kroc Institute’s celebration of the International Day of Peace.
Friday, September 21: International Day of Peace
The Status of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 70: A Panel Discussion
11:00 a.m., Hesburgh Center for International Studies Auditorium
Featuring Diane Desierto, Maurice Fitzpatrick, Jennifer Mason McAward, and Ernesto Verdeja. Moderated by Erin Corcoran.
Lunch and Conversation
12:30 p.m., Hesburgh Center for International Studies Great Hall
Continue the conversation begun during the panel discussion while enjoying a complimentary lunch provided by the Kroc Institute.
Free and open to the public.
Originally published at irishstudies.nd.edu.