The Hunger – Narrated by Liam Neeson

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(Director: Ruan Magan)

Narrated by Liam Neeson, this is the story of great Irish famine of the 1840s.

175 years ago Europe was struck by a devastating famine. The food crisis was triggered when a deadly fungus escaped from South America and destroyed the potato crops. 100,000 people died of starvation and disease in France, Belgium, Holland, Scotland and the Kingdom of Prussia.

In Ireland, where half the population relied on the potato as their main source of food, the impact was even more extreme. One million people died and between 1845 and 1855, two million emigrated. Ireland today is the only country in the western world with a population lower than it had in the 1840s.

The famine had broader repercussions. It caused the fall of the British government led by Robert Peel in 1846, was a catalyst for the revolutions that rocked Europe in 1848 and is the root for the global Irish Diaspora that today numbers 70,000,000 across the world.

Featuring compelling interviews with some of the world’s leading historians, first-hand accounts from witnesses and survivors and rare archive materials, The Hunger sets out to reveal the extraordinary and appalling story of one of the worst humanitarian disasters of the C19th century, one that continues to have relevance to us today.

Date

July 30, 2021

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