When: Sun., March 20, 2:30 p.m. 2016
For the Irish diaspora, the Easter Rising of 1916 remains a proud and painful event in the formation of a free and self-governed Ireland. On Easter Monday, April 24, 1916, a small band of Irish nationalists and 1,600 supporters took control of several streets in Dublin and declared independence. The British army responded with full force, and after six days the rebellion's leaders offered an unconditional surrender. Many of the leaders were then court-martialed and executed. Director Keith Farrell and Tile Films created the docudrama A Terrible Beauty/Áille un Uafáis about the Easter Rising. Using first-hand accounts from combatants on both sides of the Battle of Mount Street and the Battle of King Street plus archival footage, the film shows the human cost of the violence. A Terrible Beauty screens at 2:30 p.m. today at the Missouri History Museum (Lindell Boulevard and DeBaliviere Avenue; 314-746-4599 or www.mohistory.org), and the filmmakers will be present to answer questions afterward. Tickets are $7 to $8.