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- Product InformationHunger is an explosive, challenging and unforgettable feature film by the multi award winning creative team of British artist film-maker Steve McQueen and Irish writer Enda Walsh. The film is a highly evocative and provocative interpretation of the true story of a man who leads a hunger strike as a political tactic in a long running battle over prison conditions. He and his fellow prisoners demand to be treated as political prisoners and not as terrorists. Their demands are refused. He stays true to his word. He dies, as do nine other prisoners after him. Six months after his death the state begins to concede to their demands. But too late for the ten dead men. This man was I.R.A. volunteer, M.P., poet and hunger striker Bobby Sands. On the 5th of May 1981 Sands was the first person to die on the hunger strike in Her Majestys Maze prison near Belfast, Northern Ireland. After 217 days of protest and ten men dead, the hunger strike was called off by the prisoners: three days later the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, announced a number of changes in prison policy. Over the following 2 years all the prisoners demands were granted. In 2000, the remaining political prisoners were released under the terms of the Northern Ireland Peace Process. Sandss decision to use his body as a political tool reverberates in our post 9/11 world. Hunger is a timely and compelling exploration of belief and commitment. A film about the psychology and the price of long-term imprisonment, about how political conflict can escalate until neither side can lose face or back down, about what happens to the mind and body when pushed to their uttermost limits.
- Product Release Date10/04/2009
- Theatrical Release Year2008
- Number of Discs1
- ActorsLiam Cunningham,Michael Fassbender
- DirectorsSteve McQueen
- Rating InfoMature Audiences
- Run Time96 minutes
- Primary GenreDrama
- Video FormatPAL
- Tag LineAn odyssey, in which the smallest gestures become epic and when the body is the last resource for protest.
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- clangasuz6620 Aug, 2016by
Hard to watch at times. But never the less, the movie projects the brutal realities, that the likes of Bobby Sands and the Hunger Strikers had endured during their imprisonment.
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