Written and directed by Jessamine O Connor, in collaboration with Carmel Balfe of ‘Little Gem Puppets’, “The Stranger” is a short shadow-puppet film-poem about being an immigrant, here and abroad. Drawing on conversations with people in Strokestown, and our own experience as immigrants in other countries, this is a thoughtful film which reflects on the day to day experiences we all face when we are the stranger somewhere. Read by Aoife Ní Mhurchadha and with original music by Helen B Grehan, The Stranger is lively, beautiful to watch, and timely.
Jessamine O Connor has lived outside Ballaghaderreen for the last twenty years, where she facilitates Failte Isteach English classes, and the award-winning arts group The Hermit Collective. Her poetry has won the Poetry Ireland Butlers Café Competition, the iYeats, and Francis Ledwidge awards. She is working on a new collection for Salmon Poetry, while also studying for a BA in Writing and Literature at Sligo IT. This is her first film.