Apropos of nothing, it is quite possible that a number of people who have left Ireland-those in say, the United States of America-may have gotten a sudden urge to return home today. Though you could call that an impulse, the desire to return to the homeland is one that many who have left the island have felt at one time or another, and those who have felt it strongly are the focus of the documentary Coming Home. This film will have a limited run at Movies@Dundrum this month.
Coming Home is a documentary that charts the journeys of five Irish emigrants spread across four continents as they pursue a common dream of returning to live out their remaining days in Ireland.
A film by Cathal Kenna, Coming Home explores each emigrant’s personal odyssey, tracing their initial departure from Ireland stretching right back to the years of mass emigration from Ireland in the 50’s through to the more recent wave of departures sparked by the global financial crisis in 2008. Reflecting on such key events as parting from loved ones in Ireland, the thrill of arriving in new unexplored worlds, coping with homesickness and the challenge of being separated from family and the familiar Coming Home captures the highs and lows of the life of an Irish emigrant.
The film is also a love letter to a romantic vision held of Ireland, its friendly people, rugged landscapes and world renowned charm.
The film will be showing at Movies@Dundrum from November 18th to the 24th. Tickets are available now, with the Friday 18th premiere showing having already sold out.