Principal photography has just been completed on a new Irish short documentary currently entitled Displaced, directed by Niamh Heery.
The documentary is being made under the Irish Film Board‚Äôs Reality Bites Scheme and has filmed throughout February in locations such as North Germany, the Netherlands, Dublin, London and the bog landscapes of Co. Offaly.
The film takes a look at the global occurrence of displacement through the eyes of the displaced. By focusing on intimate and minute details, this short film will deal with the larger issue of displacement and its impact on people. Displaced is a film that hopes to open up the human side of an issue that is affecting millions of people around the world. Displacement can mean something different to so many people, but at its core, the feeling is the same.
Thematically, director Niamh Heery wanted to explore displacement by portraying it through juxtaposing opposing audio visual landscapes evoked by the participant. Cinematographer Kevin Minogue worked to allow the camera to feel its way through various elements and environments, while Sound Recordist Joe Dolan endeavoured to record the intimacy within a soundscape that can provoke nostalgia, memory and comfort.
Heery’s last documentary, Harmanli: Trapped on the Fringe of Freedom, won the Grand Prize at the ICCL Human Rights Film Award, and also The Radharc Digital Media Award 2014. That hard-hitting and emotionally affecting film looks at life inside Bulgaria‚Äôs only locked Syrian Refugee Camp.
Displaced will enter post production in March and April and will be delivered to the IFB in July 2015.