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John Hume documentary to premiere at Galway Film Fleadh

A film about former SDLP leader and Nobel Peace Laureate John Hume will have its world premiere in Galway on Thursday.

'In The Name of Peace: John Hume in America’ is directed by Maurice Fitzpatrick and narrated by Ballymena actor Liam Neeson.

The documentary looks at how Hume played a role in building peace in Northern Ireland and includes interviews from US Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter as well as former UK Prime Ministers Tony Blair and John Major.

Also featuring will be U2 singer Bono, Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams, and the DUP's Jeffrey Donaldson.

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Bill Clinton with John Hume in Derry in 1995

The film will be screened as part of the Galway Film Fleadh and will be followed by a panel discussion with former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern, and SDLP South Belfast MLA, Claire Hanna.

Ms Hanna said it was a "privilege" to speak at the event, adding: "This promises to be one of the most important documentaries ever screened about the Irish political process.

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John Hume with Bono and David Trimble campaigning for the Good Friday Agreement

"To my mind every worthwhile creative idea about the complex relationships on this island - reconciliation within the North, North/South, Ireland/Britain and the European dimension-came as a result of John Hume’s intellect, imagination and humanity’.

"As one of a younger generation of SDLP politicians determined to continue Hume's work of addressing division, it's a real privilege to be asked to speak at this event."

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