John Hume documentary to be released in cinemas

John Hume and former US President Bill Clinton chat during the American politician's visit to Derry. Picture by Margaret McLaughlin

A DOCUMENTARY film charting John Hume's pursuit of the peace process is to be released in cinemas.

'In the Name of Peace - John Hume in America' tells the story of how the former SDLP leader and Nobel Peace Prize winner created a framework for peace in the north.

Directed by Maurice Fitzpatrick, the 90-minute documentary had its world premiere at the Galway Film Fleadh in July and examines how the politician cultivated the support of a succession of US presidents to forge an inclusive peace in Ireland.

Narrated by Ballymena-born actor Liam Neeson, it features interviews with former US Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter as well as former British Prime Ministers Tony Blair and John Major.

There are also personal accounts from U2 singer Bono as well as former taoisigh Bertie Ahern and Enda Kenny.

In the documentary, Hume's former SDLP deputy, Seamus Mallon, argues that he should be regarded alongside Irish leaders Charles Stewart Parnell and Daniel O'Connell.

The film is due for release at selected IMC cinemas across Ireland, including Ballymena, Enniskillen and Omagh, from November 17.

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