(Español) The Long Ride is a timely award-winning documentary about the historic 2003 Immigrant Workers Freedom Ride that sparked the birth of the new Civil Rights Movement for immigrant workers. Inspired by the Civil Rights Movement Freedom Riders who risked their lives fighting to end segregation, nearly 1,000 immigrants and allies traveled by bus across America to focus attention on the plight of immigrants and call for reform of the broken immigration system. The film follows their journey and the on-going fight for immigrant rights to this day.
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Shalom Ireland is a fascinating documentary about Ireland's remarkable, yet little known Jewish community. The film chronicles the history of Irish Jewry while celebrating the unique culture created by blending Irish and Jewish traditions. From gun running for the Irish Republican Army during Ireland's War of Independence to smuggling Jews escaping from the Holocaust into Palestine, Shalom Ireland tells the untold story of how Irish Jews participated in the struggle for freedom in Ireland and the creation of the State of Israel.
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"A memento of an important episode in the struggle for immigrant rights, this is recommended."
"In Valerie Lapin’s documentary film “The Long Ride,” we see immigrants as what most of them are: people seeking a better way of life."
"The weaving of the many stories told by those who took part in the ride provides a unique, passionate and powerful lens via which to view the present state of our country’s immigration debate."
-Aldo Bello, Director, Immigration Film Fest
“This important and exciting film shows the power of social movements for immigrant rights, civil rights, and labor rights joining together to fight for the human rights of immigrant workers in the U.S."
-Risa Lieberwitz, Professor, Cornell University
"...Ganley’s interviewees are a sprightly lot with an infectious blend of Irish charm and Jewish wit ... “Shalom Ireland” is good fun."
"A SPECIAL film about the Jewish community in Ireland..."
"...an absorbing and irresistible documentary....This is history made endlessly fascinating."
-The Sacramento Bee
"...a memorable, lyrical portrait of a people at a crossroads...thorough and captivating..."
"...a sincere and touching document weaving together interviews with rare and often breathtaking archival material."
-Jerusalem Jewish Film Festival
Irish Literary & Historical Society of the San Francisco Bay Area
Catherine Barry, Vice President, ILHS; and Founder, Irish Culture Bay Area, presenter of the Irish Arts & Writers Festival in conversation with Shalom Ireland Director Valerie Lapin Ganley and Kieran Cronin, Deputy Librarian, Waterford Institute of Technology
Sunday, September 26th at 12 noon
Irish American Writers & Artists
Short presentations by 12 writers, poets, musicians, a comedian and Shalom Ireland filmmaker
August 24, 2021
Hanging With Langan podcast
March 16, 2021
Maureen Langan, Journalist with the wit of a comic, in conversation with Shalom Ireland Director Valerie Lapin Ganley about the history of Ireland's Jewish community.
Available for non-profit public performance screenings (colleges, community and faith organizations, libraries, museums, unions, etc.); library circulation; and personal home use.
English and Spanish subtitled versions.
DVD, Blu-ray and .MOV
Available for non-profit public performance screenings (colleges, community and faith organizations, libraries, museums, unions, etc.); and personal home use.
NTSC (North and South America) and PAL (Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Australia) formats.
DVD and .MOV
Hidden Diamonds: A Waterford Jewish Family's Journey is a museum exhibit about Jewish life in 19th Century Waterford, Ireland. This social history features the family of Jacob and Fanny Diamond Lappin, the great-grandparents of Shalom Ireland Director Valerie Lapin Ganley. The couple's wedding in 1894 was the first Jewish nuptials held in Waterford, and the inspiration for the film. Hidden Diamonds is a collaboration between Kieran Cronin, Deputy Librarian at the Waterford Institute of Technology and Lapin Ganley. It consists of two six foot panels. Additional panels are currently in development.
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