John Hume film gets Irish TV premier tonight

'In the Name of Peace - John Hume in America' shows how the former SDLP leader worked with the likes of Bill Clinton to foster an inclusive peace

A DOCUMENTARY film charting John Hume's relentless pursuit of peace gets it Irish television premier tonight.

'In the Name of Peace - John Hume in America' highlights how the former SDLP leader and Nobel Peace Prize winner worked alongside others in Ireland and abroad to create a political framework under which an inclusive peace could prosper.

Directed by Maurice Fitzpatrick, who also authored a book on the former Foyle MP's political career, the 90-minute documentary is 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, Mr Hume's former SDLP deputy, Seamus Mallon, argues that he should be regarded alongside Irish leaders Charles Stewart Parnell and Daniel O'Connell.

Featuring an original musical score by Bill Whelan, the film includes extensive archive footage from the conflict in Northern Ireland.

The film, which was release at selected cinemas across Ireland last year, was described by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar as “masterful”

:: In the Name of Peace: John Hume in America screens tonight on RTE One at 9.35pm.

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