Film Language

Ó Bhéal and Éire Eile (Episode 1)

Film screenings as part of Féile na Gaeilge / Irish Language Day


$18 (inclusive of fees)

Sat, May 18, 2024




The JL Greene Theatre
Irish Arts Center
726 11th Avenue
New York, NY 10019


Ó Bhéal

Ó Bhéal is a cinematic exploration of the rise of Hip Hop and Electronic artists in Ireland embracing oral traditions of folklore, ancient poetry and sean nós singing to create a new fusion sound, a culture clash through music. An ensemble piece, featuring Irish language rappers Mory and Oisín Mac, producer and multi-instrumentalist Fehdah, and Limerick rapper Strange Boy. This beautiful black & white film delves deep into these four artists’ process and how they are breaking new ground in Irish music. 

Ó Bhéal shines a light on a modern musical movement in Ireland. The Hip Hop scene in this country is vibrant and far reaching. But for many years the scene has focused on a derived version of Hip Hop that is drawn from American and British styles and subject matter. This film captures a moment in time in which authentically Irish Hip Hop is emerging as a unique, vital sub-genre that is growing in popularity. It reveals how telling our own stories, in our own accents and language, helps us to connect our history and heritage to this contemporary music in a new and interesting way. 

Through insightful interviews, intimate portrayals of the creative process of each artist as they work on tracks in studio, and visceral live performances, Ó Bhéal tells the story of a moment in time in the Irish musical landscape. Ó Bhéal was filmed from March to October 2022 in Dublin, Kildare, Limerick, and Clare. 

Director: Ciara Nic Chormaic
Producer: Jennifer Healy
Director of Photography: Colm Hogan
Editor: Genevieve Jordan Production Company – Mind The Gap Films Distributed by: Eclipse Pictures
ilDÁNA Award – Funded by The Arts Council of Ireland and TG4


Éile Eire (Episode 1) 

Before the screening of Ó Bhéal we will be showing the first episode of a documentary series presented by Cóilí Collins aka Shampain, that examines various subcultures and scenes enjoyed by Ireland's youth; everything from hip-hop in Limerick to wheelchair basketball in Cork. A positive celebration of inclusion, representation and diversity. As a DJ and a key figure in Ireland's electronic music community, Cóilí is well aware of the importance and attraction of subcultures, whether as relatively mainstream as live electronic music or as niche as medieval sword fighting in Galway.


Presented with generous support from Culture Ireland, the Irish Institute of New York and National Endowment for the Arts.



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