Out Of Ireland [DVD]
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Documentary following eight Irish immigrants as they leave behind disease and starvation to head for a better life in the United States of America. The story is narrated by Kelly McGillis and Aidan Quinn and features the voice talent of actors such as Liam Neeson, Brenda Fricker and Gabriel Byrne.
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'Out Of Ireland' graphically traces the plight of an oppressed people being inhumanely treated by its arrogant and grasping English employers and landlords, resulting in a flight from 'famine-swept' villages of the 19th century to the industrialised cities of America. That they arrived penniless and lived in ghettos of unimaginable filth, squalor
and lawlessness but with plenty of opportunity to work, albeit for meagre wages, was, indeed a great improvement to Ireland. They populated out of necessity such depressed and unsanitary tenement buildings in areas such as The Lower East Side in NYC, rife in alcohol abuse, low life and crime. The infamous Five Points Area in New York contained a high proportion of Irish Immigrants.
Eventually, this Irish influx settled down and mainly prospered in the 'New Country' and now make an important contribution to their adopted country.
A compelling, educational (but interesting) and eye-opening work.
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