2012, 25 minutes
Directed by Sonia Nic Jones
An Saighdiúr follows Sergeant Séamus O Fianghusa, a Brooklyn native of Korean and Irish heritage, as he travels to the frontline in Afghanistan. As Sergeant O Fianghusa wrestles with the option of taking on a further tour of duty in the war-ravaged country, we meet his family in New York—who would like him to step down from the military—and join him on a visit to his beloved Donegal Gaeltacht. In a trip to West Belfast, Sergeant Ó Fianghusa meets with a republican ex-prisoner who tells him that if the pair met in Afghanistan, they would likely be on different sides.
Californian photojournalist and film-maker Kevin McKiernan, a frequent visitor to Ireland and son of legendary Irish American figure and founder of the Irish American Cultural Institute Eoin McKiernan, embedded with U.S. troops in Afghanistan to film alongside Sergeant O Fianghusa’s platoon. An Saighdiúr (The Soldier) first aired on Dúshlán (Challenge), an Irish Language Broadcast Fund documentary series on TG4.
A panel discussion will follow the film.
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