Ireland / United Kingdom 2022, 97 min, English, Hebrew subtitles

She never wanted to be a star, she says. She just wanted to scream. At 55, Sinéad O’Connor is more intelligent, quick-witted, and interesting than ever. The crystal voice and haunting eyes that despite her reluctance, paved her path to stardom in the 1980s remain unchanged. O’Connor tells her life story: the story of an artist shaped by tough surroundings and childhood trauma, who insisted on protesting and telling her story to a world that wasn’t ready to hear it just yet. Archive footage, music, and interviews with O’Connor trace her struggle against prejudice and misogyny, painting a portrait of a deeply thoughtful artist who bears no resemblance to the addled persona portrayed by the media. “Ireland itself is an abused child,” she explains, “and I used my voice to put the devil to sleep.”

Previous Festivals: Sundance

Screening Schedule:
  • Fri 27.05 | 19:45 | Cinematheque 3
  • Sat 28.05 | 09:45 | Cinematheque 3
  • Wed 01.06 | 19:15 | Cinematheque 3
  • Sat 04.06 | 19:15 | Tel Aviv Museum - Recanati Auditorium

Belfast-born Kathryn Ferguson is an award-winning director whose innovative and boundary-pushing documentary work has screened globally. She studied at Central Saint Martins and the Royal College of Art. Kathryn’s recent film, TAKING THE WATERS, premiered at Sheffield Doc Fest in 2018 and toured the international festival circuit. In 2021, Kathryn worked with Passion Pictures on the documentary short Space to Be for The Guardian’s highly acclaimed documentary film series. After a decade of focusing on short-form work centred on identity, gender politics and community, she has recently completed her first feature documentary, Nothing Compares.

Production: Eleanor Emptage, Michael Mallie
Editing: Mick Mahon
Cinematography: Luke Jacobs
Music: Irene Buckley, Linda Buckley

Supporters & Broadcasters: Embassy of Ireland in Israel