12-18 November 2018

The Image You Missed

Donal Foreman

The Image You Missed (Donal Foreman)
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An Irish filmmaker grapples with the legacy of his estranged father, the late documentarian Arthur MacCaig, through MacCaig's archive spanning decades of the conflict in Northern Ireland. Drawing on over thirty years of unique imagery, The Image You Missed weaves together a history of the Troubles with the story of a son's search for his father. In the process, the film creates a candid encounter between two filmmakers born into different political moments, revealing their contrasting experiences of Irish nationalism, the role of images in social struggle and the competing claims of personal and political responsibility.


Donal Foreman (Dublin, 1985) lives in New York City. He has been making films since he was 11 years old. He studied at the Irish National Film School and has been a member of the Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective since 2011. He has written, directed and edited dozens of shorts and the feature film Out of Here (2013). As a critic he has written for publications including Cahiers du cinéma and Filmmaker Magazine, and as a teaching artist he has worked with public school students across New York City for the Tribeca Film Institute and other organisations.


  • Country United States, Ireland, France, United Kingdom
  • Year 2018
  • Format Digital
  • Running time 73 min
  • Image BW/Colour
  • Language English, French
  • Subtitles Spanish
  • Producer Donal Foreman
  • Screenplay Donal Foreman
  • Photography Arthur MacCaig, Seán Brennan, Donal Foreman
  • Editor Donal Foreman
  • Music Ohal Grietzer, Michael Buckley, Christopher Colm Morrin
  • Sound Andrew Kirwan
  • Actors Arthur MacCaig, Donal Foreman, Maeve Foreman, Ernest Larsen
  • Contact [email protected]


L'Alternativa - Mención Especial International Film Festival Rotterdam CPH:DOX Cinéma du Réel BAFICI - Grand Jury Prize Edinburgh International Film Festival


Thursday 15, 18.00 h — Teatre CCCB Sunday 18, 20.00 h — Auditori CCCB