IT'S A LONG WAY TO PURGATORY

Join director Paul Rowley for a screening of his film Seaview. Rowley and his crew spent three years living in the Irish seaside town of Mosney, which was best known as the site of a former camping and amusement park from 1948 to 1999. In 2000, the location became a government-sponsored refugee camp for asylum-seekers from all over the world. Rowley's film explores how the refugees — from 50 countries including Argentina, Iraq, Kurdistan, Nigeria, Pakistan and Sri Lanka — cope and how the locals react to this place once described as "Ireland's Coney Island." Says Irishman Rowley, "The camp at Mosney was as big for us Irish kids as Disneyland is for kids here. We'd all been there on vacation at [this place] where asylum seekers sit and wait for years, caught in a horrific, legal limbo. Somehow for us as filmmakers, the camp, this isolated temporary village, encapsulated for us in a micro way what was happening to refugees worldwide." Rowley will be on hand to answer questions.
Tue., Aug. 4, 7 p.m., 2009


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