A Cavan-based homelessness and housing crisis advocacy group is to host a special screening of 'Rosie', the new film by Paddy Breathnach and Roddy Doyle, at Cavan's Odeon Cinema.
The event, organised by the Cavan Housing Action, takes place on Monday, November 12, starting at 6.30pm, which will be followed by a a short discussion with Peter McVerry founder of the Peter McVerry Trust.
'Rosie' is an exploration of the Irish housing crisis during an intense 36-hour period in the lives of the members of a Dublin family who find themselves homeless after their landlord sells their rented home.
At a time when more than 10,000 people including 4,000 children are homeless in the Republic 'Rosie' has been singled out as a seminal piece of Irish cinema.
Peter McVerry Trust has been campaigning to end homelessness in Dublin for more than 30 years, with money raised on the screening night to be donated to The Peter McVerry Trust and other organisations helping tackle homelessness.
Cavan Housing Action (CHA) is a grassroots community campaign group founded earlier this year with the initial aim of highlighting the housing and homelessness crisis gripping the country at present.
Jade Farrelly, spokesperson for CHA says: “The current housing crisis is unprecedented. There are more than 10,000 people driven into homelessness in the Republic, with over 4,000 children contributing to that figure. And these figures are only continuing to escalate. The damage being inflicted on the thousands of young homeless children in unimaginable. Failed government housing policy is wreaking havoc on their lives. Hopefully this event will give people in Cavan an insight into what life is like for these struggling families. It can be all too easy to overlook statistics but this film really hits home. 'Rosie' is a gutwrenching portrayal that genuinely confronts us with what is the lived experience for too many people in Ireland 2018.”
Tickets for the screening can be purchased in Multisound Cavan, Conaty's XL Store, or online via www.eventbrite.ie.