Irish Film Screening – Phantom Islands & an Update

Phantom Islands - Rouzbeh Rashidi

Phantom Islands will be November film as a part of the CIFF@Home with NYU DC series for Solas Nua.


Solas Nua’s Irish Popcorn! screening series, in partnership with NYU DC, has been providing a curated selection of Irish films to Washington, DC audiences for over a decade. During the pandemic, Irish Popcorn! was reshaped to be delivered as a virtual screening series, with monthly screenings and talkback discussions.

As Solas Nua and NYU DC look to the future, we are keeping in mind the valuable feedback that we have received from our audience members in recent months and we aim to not only continue to provide this online film program, but to expand the quality and scope of this unique series.

We are delighted to announce that from November, Irish Popcorn! will be rebranded as CIFF@Home with NYU DC, to align with Solas Nua’s annual Capital Irish Film Festival. The Capital Irish Film Festival which runs every March, in partnership with AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center.

Hand-picked by Solas Nua and NYU DC, the screening series will run every second month, with an on-demand film link provided to all registrants, this will allow you more flexibility in viewing the presentation in your own time, and a live Q&A will then take place at 6 PM Eastern on the last Wednesday of every second month – This will take effect from January 2022 onwards.

CIFF@Home with NYU DC aims to deliver a wide range of contemporary Irish film, along with some classic films from throughout the years that you may have missed. 

CIFF@Home with NYU DC will continue to be a free screening series, so please donate what you can to help Solas Nua continue to bring you quality Irish film programming and provocative discussion.

Phantom Islands is a 2018 experimental drama by director, Rouzbeh Rashidi.

Q&A will stream live on Wednesday, November 10 • 6 PM ET / 11 PM IST
Registration will give you access to an on-demand film link to view any time between now and Nov 10.

Phantom Islands is an experimental film directed by Rouzbeh Rashidi that exists at the boundary of documentary and fiction. It follows a couple adrift and disoriented in the stunning landscape of Ireland’s islands. This deliberately melodramatic romance is constantly questioned by a provocative cinematic approach that ultimately results in a hypnotic and visceral inquiry into the very possibility of documentary objectivity.

Film discussion with director Rouzbeh Rashidi.

This free event is being co-hosted by NYU DC, and the screening will be facilitated via Zoom Webinar. Live auto-transcript captioning will be available on this Zoom webinar. The post-film discussion portion of this event has been pre-recorded.

Published by Seán Wrenn

Filmmaker/Writer • From Grange, Limerick, Ireland living in Broomfield, Colorado