As fun as St. Patrick’s Day is in Chicago, the city does more than dye the river green and turn into a large party for a day. There are plenty of opportunities to immerse yourself in Irish culture and none better than the Chicago Irish Film Festival.
Back for its 17th year the Chicago Irish Film Festival offers a mix of documentary, feature, animated, and short films from the best of Irish cinema. You’ll find many films about the Irish experience and some that are less focused on history and more on fiction. Below are some films that you won’t want to miss:
“Older Than Ireland”
If you know little about Ireland then why not learn from those who have lived through its entire history as a sovereign nation. Ireland did not officially become a republic until 1949, 33 years after the Easter Uprising. The documentary “Older than Ireland” follows thirty centenarians , and while you’ll learn about what it was like to live through Ireland’s beginnings as a sovereign state you’ll also learn a lot about life in general.
Winner of the 2016 Academy Awards for Short Film (Live Action), “Stutterer” depicts the struggles of a typographer with a speech impediment who has so much to say.
The first Western made in Ireland, “An Klondike” is the story of the Connolly broters from Ireland who quit their mining jobs in Montana to join the Klondike Gold Rush.
When an aspiring drug dealer ends up with a batch of experimental pills an unsuspecting office worker who winds up at the wrong party becomes his guinea pig and weekend of debauchery begins.
The Chicago Irish Film Festival takes place March 3–6 at The Logan Square Theatre, 2646 N. Milwaukee Ave., and the Gallery Theatre, 1112 N. Milwaukee Ave. For tickets, showtimes, and more information visit chicagoirishfilmfestival.com.