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Wednesday, 23 September 2020, 6.30pm

Price: FREE

Join us for a discussion with the filmmakers & key contributors of a new documentary of the Irish missionaries in apertheid-era South Africa

In 2019, the Embassy of Ireland in South Africa – with support of the Irish Abroad Unit of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade – began documenting the oral histories of the Irish Missionary Diaspora in South Africa focusing in particular on their work under apartheid, and the contribution to peace, justice, health, education and anti-apartheid activism over the decades.

Based on the stories collected, the documentary film Poverty, Chastity, and (Dis)Obedience the Irish Missionaries in South Africa 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. Researched by Dr. Ciarán Reilly and directed by Adam Asmal, this film 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.

To celebrate Heritage Month in South Africa and the Dublin Festival of History, the Embassy of Ireland in South Africa is collaborating with EPIC Museum and Liliesleaf Heritage Centre in South Africa to share this story. Join us for an online lecture and discussion on the topic of The Irish Missionary Experience in South Africa on the 23rd September followed by a premiere of the film Poverty, Chastity, and (Dis)Obedience on the 24th September at 6:30pm IST/7:30pm SAST.


Welcome: Ambassador of Ireland to South Africa – Fionnuala Gilsenan

Lecture by Dr. Ciarán Reilly – ‘The Irish Missionary Experience in South Africa’

Panel Discussion:

Adam Asmal Irish/South African Filmmaker and Director of Poverty, Chastity, and (Dis)Obedience

Dr. Ciarán Reilly Historian and researcher for the project

Sister Áine Hughes – an Irish Missionary Sister who has worked in education, development, justice and peace in South Africa over the decades.