Ireland's answer to George Orwell

Town Hall to screen new documentary on Hubert Butler

Hubert Butler.

Hubert Butler.

HUBERT BUTLER, the Irish essayist, once denounced by a papal nuncio as a dangerous communist, is the subject of a film which will be screened in the Town Hall Theatre this evening at 8pm.

Hubert Butler: Witness to the Future, will be introduced by Lelia Doolan, and there will be a Q&A with director Johnny Gogan afterwards. Gogan traces the writer's journey through Stalinist Russia of the early 1930s, through pre­-war Vienna where Butler worked to smuggle Jews into Ireland, to his exposure of the hidden genocide of half a million Orthodox Serbs in WWII. Using recently declassified documents, this highly visual and expansive film explores why Butler “was 50 years ahead of his time” and “one of the great Irish writers".

The screening is in association with the Irish Centre for Human Rights (NUIG ) and the Galway Film Society. Tickets are available from the Town Hall on 091 - 569777 or www.tht.ie

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