Foróige film tells story of Forde family’s emigration to the USA

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Announcing the premiere of the West Cork film "The Fordes of Ballinascarthy - Freedom From Famine" by the local Foróige Youth Group are  Ballinascarthy Foróige Youth Group, Cast of the film "The Fordes of Ballinascarthy - Freedom From Famine" which premieres on October 15th at 8pm in Ballinascarthy Hall with special guest Maurice O'Callaghan, well known West Cork director of "Broken Harvest". 
The idea of making a film to document the Fordes emigrating to America from Ballinascarthy in West Cork in 1847 was made possible by Cork film make Tim McCoy but what is different about this film is that it was the youth who did the lighting, sound, cameras, directing and producing.  It was a wonderful opportunity for them to get involved, both from an historical as well as a dramatical point of view.  The older members of the cast were drafted in from the All Ireland award winning Killmeen Drama Group (near Clonakilty).
The film is 45 minutes long, depicts the sadness of the famine, the heartbreak of emigration, coupled with the family's desire to do what was best for the children.  Henry Forde's father, William Forde left Ballinascarthy in 1847, at the age of 21, along with his parents, siblings and other relatives.  The famine ship from Cobh depicts the absolute horror of death, fear of the unknown and heartbreak of leaving "home" behind.
The premiere of the film is on Saturday October 15th next, in Ballinascarthy hall, and officiating on the night will be West Cork film director, Maurice O'Callaghan, well known for the film "Broken Harvest". The aim is to show it to national and secondary schools during November as it serves as an excellent history lesson.  On the night of Oct 15th, there will be some traditional music and dance, as well as a speech by Ballinascarthy Foróige Chairperson, CLara Crowley who will outline what the youth learned during the making of this film.
Pic Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Posted on: 10th October, 2016

Category: News

Contributor: West Cork People

Above: Cast of the film ‘The Fordes of Ballinascarthy - Freedom From Famine’ . Pic Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

A group of industrious teenagers from Ballinascarthy Foróige Club have gotten together to produce a 45-minute film about Irish origins of car tycoon Henry Forde.

The film is to premiere on October 15 at 8pm in Ballinascarthy Hall. Tickets are available in The Village Store.

The narrative follows a young man from Ballinascarthy who was forced to immigrate to America because of the famine, and becomes the father of Henry Forde.

The 45-minute film was made by 20 teenagers, aged 13-17, from Ballinascarthy Foróige Club with actors from the award-winning Kilmeen drama group and the support of film-maker Tim McCoy who allowed the teenagers to use the cameras, and work with lighting, sound and recording.

Betty Hennessy, a Leader with Ballinascarthy Foróige Club and one of the coordinators of the project said, “Working with the young people on this project and watching them grow has been a real privilege. They learnt so many skills, that aren’t often available to teenagers, and showed huge enthusiasm for the whole thing.

“A glamorous red carpet premiere will be held with the cast in formal wear to launch the film ‘The Fordes of Ballinascarthy: Freedom from Famine’ on October 15,” she said.

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