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Strange Occurrences in a Small Irish Village (2016)

Strange Occurrences in a Small Irish Village (2016)

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Everyone wants to believe in miracles. Welcome to the village built on one. An apparition of the Virgin Mary. A multi-million euro restoration project. A plane full of American pilgrims en route. Thousands of faithful seeking a miracle. Strange Occurrences in a small Irish village explores the big question of faith, in a small Irish village. One dark evening in 1879 in the town of Knock, Ireland, fifteen villagers claim to witness a vision of the Virgin Mary. After two official inquiries, the village was declared a Marian Shrine. Today, Knock's 2,000 residents welcome over one million pilgrims annually. In the village, we meet people with compelling stories - invalids seeking cures; the eight sibling owners of rival religious merchandise shops; a woman relieved of multiple sclerosis during a 1970s pilgrimage; feisty Mildred, advocate for gender parity for the shrine's handmaids; and the staff of the Knock Marriage Bureau, the matchmakers behind one thousand marriages and counting. Father Richard has a vision of his own - to bring Knock into the twenty-first century. The charismatic, outward-looking Parish Priest is on a mission to entice new transatlantic visitors via Knock Airport. With references to "the scandals", falling church attendances, and the modernisation of the shrine and the village itself, Strange Occurrences in a small Irish village presents a timely reflection on the position of the Church in modern Ireland. For the faithful it celebrates a beacon of spiritual hope; for sceptics it opens an enticing window on an anachronistic but thriving world.

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Being the format used for the Glasnevin film, it should work equally well, but film-making, like religious apparitions, is a mysterious process: you create the same conditions but the vision doesn't materialise.

December 20, 2017 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Engaging but not entirely satisfying.

January 1, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Strange Occurrences in a Small Irish Village, the title taken from a British newspaper headline at the time, offers a fascinating and fair insight into the village which has grown around the events of 1879.

August 29, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Strange Occurrences doesn't set out to poke fun, but instead lets Knock and its devotees speak for themselves, sometimes to their detriment.

August 29, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

One of the most engrossing documentaries of the year thus far.

August 29, 2016 | Full Review…

Aoife Kelleher's documentary is sprinkled with a range of other vignettes of faith, heart and humour but the main focus is on the characters both local and pilgrim alike.

August 25, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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