Film on Derry’s graffiti to get screening at major New York film festival

A documentary on graffiti art in Derry is to be shown at a major film festival in New York.

“Together in Pieces” will be screened at the inaugural Hip Hop Film Festival which takes place in Harlem in New York next month.

It will be the second appearance with the documentary at a film festival across the Atlantic for Derry documentary makers Eileen Walsh and David Dryden (pictured), who took the 25-minute documentary to the Capital Irish Film Festival in Washington D.C. in March.

“Together in Pieces” is a look at Northern Ireland's changing political landscape through graffiti, slogans and murals.

The film is the first documentary by Walsh and Dryden, who work as Foxwall Films.

It was filmed in Derry with funding from the Community Relations Council.

It examines how political murals and slogans are prolonging the healing process in Northern Ireland and how they sit cheek by jowl with a new wave of street art and graffiti.

The filmmakers are travelling to New York to present the film.

Eileen, who produced the film, said that while it tackled issues about the conflict here, they wanted to take a fresh approach both in content and style.

“The way we have dealt with the whole idea of sectarianism - we have used graffiti and Hip Hop, which go together,” she said.

“That makes it very appealing to a youth audience. The kind of film we wanted to make was a modern film that would appeal to young people, not one that uses archive material from the Troubles. It’s all new footage and we were trying to do it in a different way from the kind of stuff we have been used to seeing about Northern Ireland.”

The documentary is being screened in a prime time slot at the festival, and Walsh said it is a real coup for the film to reach such an audience.

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