“Spirit of Samhaim” — a Film Resource for teachers in Religious Studies

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A bi-lingual film about the origins of Halloween has won
Best Short Documentary Award at the Underground Film Festival
in Cork last week-end.


The festival screened 122 films in 15 categories, with entries
from 35 countries.

The film, Spiorad na Samhna — Spirit of Samhain — can be viewed at:

In addition to the award, the project has learned that the film has
been recommended to teachers of Religious Education in England.

Ed Pawson, Chair, NATRE, National Association of Teachers of Religious
Education, has described it as “an exciting resource to widen our
understanding of the diversity and origins of religion, beliefs and
customs today”.

The film traces origins of Ireland’s biggest Halloween Carnival in
Derry back to troubled years of 1980s. It also traces origins of
Halloween itself to the Celtic festival of Samhain. Dr. Jenny Butler
from the Folklore Department of University College, Cork narrates

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