Brendan J. Bryne’s acclaimed feature documentary “Bobby Sands: 66 Days” carefully and artfully explores the events surrounding the eponymous and iconic Irish revolutionary as he leads his fellow inmates on a 66 day hunger strike, one that would ultimately forever change the course of Irish and English history. The film has enjoyed a robust festival run, recently screening at New York City’s own DOC NYC, where it proved to be just as prescient and timely as other festivals offerings, including “13th,” “Rikers,” and “Amanda Knox,” all documentaries interested in and compelled by the issue of prisoner abuse and rights.
Per the film’s official synopsis: “For 66 days, Sands went without food before starvation ultimately claimed his life. Imprisoned as a member of the Irish Republican Army, he and a group of fellow inmates demanded to be classified as political prisoners, but were refused. So, in the spring of 1981, they officially went on a hunger strike that would spark international political discourse and cause the already-troubled political tensions between England and Ireland to boil over.”
As the film sets out on his limited theatrical run, we’re pleased to present an exclusive clip that gives deep insight to the political unrest that sparked Sands’ journey, with a particular eye to the involvement of the United States, a power that could have ultimately changed the direction of the unrest in a number of ways.
Check out the exclusive clip below.
“Bobby Sands: 66 Days” has screened at multiple festivals and begins its limited run today at New York City’s own Film Forum.