Violet Gibson mug shot.

Solas Nua's CIFF@Home with NYU DC Dialogues presents, Violet Gibson: The Irish Woman Who Shot MussoliniRegistration will give attendees access to an on-demand film link to view ahead of the live Q&A discussion with director Barrie Dowdall and writer Siobhán Lynam, in conversation with Dr. Miriam Nyhan Grey, historian, New York University's Glucksman Ireland House. Solas Nua's Kate Meenan-Waugh will provide introductory remarks to the program.

In 1926, Violet Gibson pushed her way through an adoring crowd in Rome and shot fascist dictator Benito Mussolini at point-blank range. She came the closest to success of four assassination attempts on Mussolini, yet, she was labeled a “mad Irishwoman”, committed to an asylum, and effectively written out of history. This revelatory documentary brings the fascinating story to light, of the bold, free-thinking  daughter of the Lord Chancellor of Ireland, who rejected the trappings of her Anglo-Irish upbringing, and committed herself to social justice, anti-war activism, and opposition to fascism. 95 years after the assassination attempt, Dublin City Council’s decision to erect a commemorative plaque honouring Violet Gibson has generated worldwide interest in this truly captivating story of Violet Gibson -  The Irish Woman Who Shot Mussolini.

Hand-picked by Solas Nua's Capital Irish Film FestivalCIFF@Home with NYU DC Dialogues is a bi-monthly, curated series of Irish film. 

Selected for attendees to watch from the comfort of their own home, registration will give access to an on-demand film link to view any time between now and July 27, as well as a Q&A that will be streamed via Zoom Webinar, after watching the film on your own schedule.

Wednesday, July 27, 2022

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7:00 pm ET Webinar End

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2020 | Documentary | Runtime: 90 minutes | English

Barrie Dowdall

Barrie Dowdall

Barrie Dowdall (Director) is an award winning filmmaker who specializes in producing, directing and shooting documentaries and films of historical, human and social interest for broadcasters worldwide. He has produced and directed work in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Jordan, Nepal, Zambia, Nigeria, Indonesia, Australia, Venezuela, the United States and throughout Europe for various broadcasters including RTE, BBC, BBC ALBA, TG4, PBS (The Bill Moyers Show) ZDF, The HISTORY CHANNEL, ABC, CHANNEL 9 and FOXTEL.

Siobhán Lynam

Siobhán Lynam

Siobhán Lynam (Producer) works as a social researcher and policy analyst and is an occasional lecturer at the National University of Ireland Maynooth (NUIM). The Irishwoman Who Shot Mussolini,  Siobhán’s first radio documentary, won a Gold Award at the New York Festivals World’s Best Radio Programmes.

Miriam Nyhan Grey

Miriam Nyhan Grey

Miriam Nyhan Grey trained as a historian in Ireland, Italy and the US. Her interests lie in the spheres of migration, race, ethnicity, empire and diaspora nationalism. She has taught at New York University’s Glucksman Ireland House since 2009 and is a collaborator for NYU’s Archives of Irish America’s Glucksman Ireland House Oral History Collection.