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​San Francisco Irish Film Festival DocFest - 'How to Defuse a Bomb: The Project Children Story'

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Delancey Street Screening Room
600 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, 94107
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Produced by the award-winning Ed Stobart, this documentary tells the incredible story of Irish immigrant Denis Mulcahy of the NYPD bomb squad, who, in 1975, gathered a group of family, friends, and neighbors to start a scheme offering children from Northern Ireland a chance to temporarily escape the violent turmoil of their daily lives. From these modest beginnings, Project Children brought over 20,000 Catholic and Protestant children to the suburban US for summer-long visits where they forged unexpected friendships and found they had more in common with the “enemy” than they thought.

Featuring archive 1970s film footage of the scheme and contributions from Bill Clinton, Martin McGuinness, and the now-adult children, the personal stories are positioned within the wider political story of how Washington struggled to deal with Northern Ireland and Irish-America’s complex relationship with home.

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This screening is sponsored by The Northern Ireland Bureau.

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