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‘Origins of Halloween’ Film Wins Documentary Award


Underground Film Festival

A bi-lingual film on the origins of Halloween, ‘Spirit of Samhain,’ has recently won Best Short Documentary Award at the Underground Film Festival in Cork, Ireland.

With entries from 35 countries, the festival screened 122 films in 15 different categories.

In addition to the award, the film has been recommended to teachers of Religious Education in England.

Ed Pawson, Chair, NATRE, National Association of Teachers of Religious Education, has described it as “an exciting resource to widen our understanding of the diversity and origins of religion, beliefs and customs today”.

The film traces origins of Ireland’s biggest Halloween Carnival in Derry back to troubled years of 1980s. It also traces origins of Halloween itself to the Celtic festival of Samhain. Dr. Jenny Butler from the Folklore Department of University College, Cork narrates this.

The film, Spiorad na Samhna — Spirit of Samhain — can be viewed at: