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Whitey Bulger can’t seem to get off the front page of the local and national newspapers, and remains stubbornly in the evening news reports.  Why are we so fascinated?  Is it Whitey himself, or is it really the mystique of the gritty, daring, troubled South Boston Irish culture?  Come to the SOUTH OF “SOUTHIE” Festival at the Falmouth Public Library (300 Main Street) and immerse yourself in the ups & downs, the ins & outs of this unique locale.  The centerpiece of the festival will be a visit by journalist, film maker & author Edward J. Delaney speaking about his acclaimed new book BROKEN IRISH on Wednesday, November 2 at 7 pm.

In addition we will be showing 4 iconic films portraying the lives and experiences of South Boston natives.  On Saturday, October 22 at 1:30 pm we will show the award winning 1997 film GOOD WILL HUNTING (Rated R), starring Ben Affleck, Matt Damon and Robin Williams.  In this film, a gifted counselor pulls a brilliant young working-class student from the brink of self destruction.
Then, the following Saturday, October 29, again at 1:30 we will screen the powerful movie MYSTIC RIVER (Rated R), based on the Dennis Lehane novel and starring Sean Penn, Tim Robbins, Kevin Bacon, Laurence Fishburne.  This film deals with the violent, even criminal climate that seems to pervade South Boston.
At 1:30 pm on Saturday November 5, don’t miss award winning THE DEPARTED (Rated R) featuring an all-star cast including Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, Mark Wahlberg, Martin Sheen, Alec Baldwin.  This film delves into the South Boston’s notorious organized crime element and gangland dealings.
Closing our festival, on Saturday, November 12 at 1:30 pm we will show GONE BABY GONE (Rated R), also based on a novel by Dennis Lehane, starring Casey Affleck and Morgan Freeman.  This film deals with the disappearance of a small child and the atmosphere of criminality in South Boston that impedes the police investigation.

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