“Είμαστε Έλληνες, όχι Ιρλανδοί. Εμείς, οι εργάτες, θα αντισταθούμε” / “This is Greece, not Ireland, we the Workers will Resist” chanted protestors in Athens in 2009. This moment prompted the filmmakers to ask why Ireland was ‘the good child’ of Europe and the poster child for austerity and structural adjustment. The film “Eat Your Children” is a provocation, an inside-out activist film, a film that attempts to document the invisible. It is a road-trip quest by two friends who emigrated from Ireland during the financial crash of 2008 and who have now returned to probe Ireland’s so-called acceptance of debt and austerity. The film uses a visual essay style that mixes observational footage, vox pop, music and archive material to unravel the modern incarnations of Irish identity, post-colonialism, nationalism, globalization and resistance.
Treasa O’Brien is a filmmaker and writer. Her films (fiction and documentary) have been screened internationally including in the Lebanon, Mexico, Palestine, Italy, UK and Ireland. She studied filmmaking in Goldsmiths, London, visual art in Limerick School of Art & Design, and participated in Werner Herzog’s Rogue Film School in New Jersey. She is a PhD Researcher at Westminster University, with Joshua Oppenheimer and May Ingawanij as her supervisors.
Mary Jane O’Leary is a journalist and researcher originally from Cobh, Co. Cork. She recently relocated to Liverpool to carry out a PhD in Sociology and Linguistics and teaches Sociological Theory at John Moores University. She trained as a newspaper reporter in Cork after graduating and worked for Thomas Crosbie Media as an online sub-editor. Later she completed an MA in International Relations at the University of Barcelona and worked with the IBEI Centre for International Studies as a researcher.