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Bobby Sands: 66 Days (2016)

Bobby Sands: 66 Days (2016)

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Critic Consensus: Bobby Sands: 66 Days takes an evenhanded, insightful, and overall absorbing look at a painful chapter from Irish history whose lessons still resonate today.

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In the spring of 1981 Irish Republican Bobby Sands' 66-day hunger strike brought the attention of the world to his cause.Drawing on an Irish Republican tradition of martyrdom, Sands' emotive, non-violent protest to be classified as a political prisoner became a defining moment in 20th century Irish history. Sands' death after 66 days marked a key turning point in the relationship between Britain and Ireland, and brought a global spotlight to the Northern Irish conflict which eventually triggered international efforts to resolve it. 66 DAYS is a major feature length documentary exploring Sands' remarkable life and death, 35 years on from his ultimate sacrifice. The spine of the film is comprised of Sands' own words, drawn from his hunger strike diary, a unique insight into the man and his beliefs as he embarked on his final journey. Directed by award winning filmmaker Brendan J Byrne and produced by Trevor Birney of Fine Point Films, this landmark non-fiction feature film will have its world premiere at HotDocs in 2016.

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All Critics (29) | Top Critics (7)

The doc - made by Brendan J. Byrne and in part by public broadcasters in several countries - is shocking, meaningful and illustrative about terrorism, politics, hate and hope.

February 28, 2017 | Full Review…

Bobby Sands: 66 Days offers something both for those who've never heard of Sands and those who have his youthful smile etched forever in memory.

December 1, 2016 | Full Review…

Byrne never resorts to such cheap tricks as matching the imagery to what the interviewees are saying, and the film is no hagiography.

November 30, 2016 | Full Review…

The impact of the movie comes in spurts, connected to a few keen insights from this historian or that expert.

November 30, 2016 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Byrne does a fine job of juggling a lot of information, which he does by starting with the immediately arresting story of Sands and then jumping back in time.

November 30, 2016 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
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Mr. Byrne's film is a sober, evenhanded recapitulation of Sands's imprisonment and death that places him in a historical context.

November 29, 2016 | Full Review…

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