Cinémathèque @ the Camden Opera House is a new monthly film program celebrating the best of classic, foreign and cult cinema, will screen “Bernadette: Notes on a Political Journey” (2011, Ireland) Monday, March 11, at the Camden Opera House, 29 Elm St./Route 1.

It would be hard not to make an interesting film about the life and career of Bernadette Devlin McAliskey, the youngest-ever female Member of Parliament. She once punched the Home Secretary in the face … and she was shot seven times in an assassination attempt. Her remarkable political life is recounted in Lelia Doolan’s 2011 documentary that combines archive footage with a series of intimate interviews conducted with her subject. Doolan reveals the idiosyncrasies and rebelliousness that have fueled McAliskey’s pivotal role at the heart of civil rights, feminism and socialism in Northern Ireland. Throughout, McAliskey speaks openly about her views on the Peace Process and the direction that Republican politics has taken.

The film runs 88 minutes. Casual post-show discussions at nearby 40 Paper will follow each screening, including half-price drinks starting at 9 p.m. General admission tickets are $8, available at the door only. The Cinémathèque series is curated by Joanna Spinks. For upcoming titles, visit

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