Pray For Our Sinners

Pray For Our Sinners

International Forum

COUNTRY: Ireland YEAR: 2022 RUNTIME: 81 min

DIRECTED BY: Sinéad O’Shea

LANGUAGE(S): English


SCRIPT: Sinéad O’Shea

PRODUCED BY: Sinéad O’Shea, Maya Derrington

CINEMATOGRAPHY: Andrew Cummins, Brian Moore, Michael Lavelle, Enda O’Dowd

EDITED BY: Enda O’Dowd

SCORE: George Brennan



Through the stories of everyday citizens resisting the status quo, Pray For Our Sinners, the new documentary from filmmaker and journalist, Sinéad O’Shea confronts Ireland’s recent history of brutality against children and women from corporal punishment to statesanctioned mother and baby homes. O’Shea returns to her hometown in rural Ireland to explore the control the Catholic church held there until recent years and uncovers the gentle but extraordinary figures who chose to resist. This is a portrait of genuine bravery, hope and love.

Sinéad O’Shea

Sinéad O’Shea is an award-winning filmmaker and writer. Her first feature documentary A MOTHER BRINGS HER SON TO BE SHOT premiered at CPH:DOX 2018 and won worldwide acclaim. It was one of the most successful documentary releases in Irish cinemas of 2018. She has also directed and produced over 100 films with Al Jazeera English, BBC, Channel 4 and RTE. She contributes to both the The New York Times and The Guardian.

A Mother Brings her Son to be Shot (2018), Pray for Our Sinners (2022)

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