Dir. Ciara Nic Chormaic (2023). Irish language with English subtitles
UK Premiere of Ó Bhéal, introduced by Mick Hannigan (IndieCork Film Festival) in celebration of 50-years of hip-hop.
Ó Bhéal -meaning ‘Oral’-is a cinematic exploration of the rise of hip-hop and electronic artists in Ireland. Embracing oral traditions of folklore, ancient poetry and sean-nós singing, it’s created a new fusion sound, a culture clash through music.
An ensemble piece, the film features Irish-language rappers Seán ‘Mory’ Ó Muirgheasa and Oisín Mac, producer and multi-instrumentalist Fehdah, and Limerick rapper Strange Boy. This beautiful black and white film delves deep into these four artists’ process and how they are breaking new ground in Irish music. Through insightful interviews, intimate portrayals of the creative process of each artist as they work on tracks in studio, and visceral live performances, Ó Bhéal tells the story of a moment in time in the Irish musical landscape.
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