Gypsy Blood

  |  Book Tickets: 08/06/2012
  |  78 min
Rated TBC by the BBFC
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“I like a fair fight, not a dirty fight. No biting, no pinching like a girl, just a fair fight.” Francie Doherty is seven. He’s been brought up understanding that it’s a big responsibility to have the name Doherty. His dad Hughie is raising him up to believe his motto for life is ‘you just can’t lose’. Nine-year-old Freddy Cole has learned that his father is prone to sudden frightening outbursts – and is glad his dog sometimes protects him from getting pounded. Filmed over two years by award-winning photographer Leo Maguire, Gypsy Blood examines how a culture of violence can be handed down from generation to generation amongst Irish and traveller families, and the impact that it has upon the wider community. As Hughie, who has known violence since infancy, notes: “You’re bred to fight. You don’t think of the consequences - you just do it.”