Thursday 24 September, 6.30pm
Join us for the premiere of a new documentary telling the untold stories of the Irish missionaries involved in the anti-apartheid movement.
Poverty, Chastity, and (Dis)Obedience, directed by Irish/South African filmmaker Adam Asmal, is dedicated to the generations of Irish missionary men and women who devoted their lives to South Africa, standing in solidarity with its people and their struggle.
The first Irish Missionaries arrived in South Africa over 150 years ago. Since then, they have been a constant and influential presence in the country, working in particular to provide healthcare and education in disadvantaged communities. Many Irish Missionaries became vocal opponents of apartheid and joined the anti-apartheid movement.
In 2019, the Embassy of Ireland in South Africa began capturing the oral histories of the Irish Missionary Diaspora in South Africa focusing in particular on their work in South Africa under apartheid, and the contribution to peace, justice, health, education and anti-apartheid activism over the decades.
The resulting film highlights a previously untold story of the Irish diaspora in South Africa and presents a new aspect of Irish solidarity with South Africa’s anti-apartheid struggle.
This screening will be broadcast simultaneously in both Ireland and South Africa.
A link to view the film will be sent closer to the premiere date.