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Published on Apr 1, 2016
Directed and Produced by Steven O’Riordan with Ger Boland co-producing, The forgotten Maggies focuses on the human rights aspect surrounding the Magdalene Laundries, including testimonies from women and an exploration of the High Park exhumation where 155 Magdalene women were exhumed in 1993.
It was filmed in locations all over Ireland and the UK from 2006-2009 including Carlow, Wexford, Dublin, Kildare, Cork, Limerick, London and Bournemouth.
Editing on the documentary was completed by Ger Boland. Having been originally launched at the 2009 Galway Film Fleadh, the documentary has undergone several changes due to legal reasons.
This documentary is the only Irish made film on the subject matter. It also screened internationally at The Cantor Film Centre in New York in October 2009 and subsequently went on limited Cinema release throughout Ireland.
‘The Forgotten Maggies’ shed new light on the how and why innocent girls ended up in these institutions working against their will, as well as aiming to challenge the Irish Government and question the States role with regard these institutions.
This documentary gave the women political recognition leading the way for the Official state apology in 2013
The Irish Times said of the documentary “The Forgotten Maggies was an opportunity to “rectify” in some small way, the wrong that was visited upon these women over many years” with the Irish Independent saying “It took the persistence of documentary maker Steven O’Riordan and his team to secure justice.”