Untold Secrets

Directed by Teresa Lavina 

Produced by Teresa Lavina and Gavin Lennon

Untold Secrets is Nova productions latest film. This feature documentary is a continuation of the multi-award winning short documentary “Bad Fruit, The Unheard Voice of the Tuam babies”.

Untold Secrets gives a detailed insight on the unheard stories of survivors of Irish Institutions focusing on the life and upbringing of one of those survivors; Anne Silke.

Silke was fostered out of the St. Mary, Bon Secours Mother and Baby Home in Tuam at the age of 9 to the Killileas, a prominent political family from Tuam in Galway, Ireland. Untold Secrets recounts her often brutal sexual and physical abuse at the hands of her foster brothers Jarlath Killilea and Mark Killilea Jr.(TD, Minister and MEP) the documentary also reveals never seen before interviews with fellow survivors and touches on the recently published commission of investigation report. Although Silke is now deceased the documentary gives a posthumous voice to Anne and possibly some closure to her family. 

Screenings:

 

World Premiere: Galway Film Fleadh Closing Film 2021

Derry-Gasyard Film Feile

Belfast-Docs Ireland

IFI International: San Francisco (chosen documentary) , Luxembourg, Ottawa (Opening Film)

Seminci - 66th edition Valladolid (Best Documentary) - Time in History Section - Nomination,  opening film of the section.

Vancouver Independent film Festival - Best Social Justice Film

Toronto International Women Film Festival - Best Human Rights (Honourable Mention)

Irish Film Festival London

Africa Human Rights Festival

SLWF / Short Long World Festival - Argentina

Amsterdam International Film Festival - Best Female Filmmaker (Honourable Mention)

Palas Cinema Galway

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