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Bobby Sands: 66 Days

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By the early 1980s, after two decades of violence and unrest, the situation in Northern Ireland took a sudden and profound turn inside the infamous Maze Prison. Seeking the right to be treated as political prisoners rather than common criminals, Irish Republicans led by Bobby Sands began a prison hunger strike that would draw international attention to the conflict. In the 66 days that he refused food, Sands would be elected to the British Parliament, put the Irish Republican struggle centre stage on the world news agenda, and pay the ultimate price for his political convictions.
The film combines a powerful mosaic of archival materials, reconstructions and the illuminating accounts of former prisoners, commentators and key players in the drama. With Sands' evocative prison diary at its core, the film brings fresh insight to an iconic figure who single-handedly created a transformative moment in Ireland's history that had global aftershocks. (Hot Docs brochure)
Hot Docs 2016 - World premiere


Type of film
Running Time
105 mins
Brendan J Byrne
Trevor Birney, Brendan J Byrne
Executive Producer
Nick Fraser, Susan Lovell, Andrew Reid, Rory Gilmartin, Justin Binding
Paul Devlin
Director of Photography
David Barker
Edith Progue

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Last updated 27th May 2016

Production Company

UK, US, Denmark, Ireland, Sweden coproduction

66 Days Films Ltd
Brendan J Byrne
c/o Fine Point Films
2nd Floor Callender House
58-60 Upper Arthur Street
Northern Ireland
+44 (0)28 9031 5930


66 Days Films Ltd
Brendan J Byrne