Pavee Lakeen: The Traveller Girl - Perry Ogden - Ireland
Pavee Lackeen: The Traveller Girl (2006)
Director: Perry Ogden
Pavee Lackeen: The Traveller Girl is an uncompromising, unsentimental study of Ireland’s most marginalized people: The Traveller Community, also known as the Pavee. Eurochannel is proud to present this unique look at the problem of prejudice and discrimination in Ireland, a nation toeing the line between the first and the third world.
Pavee Lackeen follows Winnie, a ten year old Pavee girl who lives with her mother and siblings in a ramshackle trailer in a desolate, lonely corner of Dublin’s industrial district. As her mother, Rose, struggles to win housing for her family, Winnie busies herself by wandering the run-down shops of Dublin’s inner city. Viewers will be shocked and moved to see, first hand, the day-to-day struggles of a young traveller girl in modern Ireland.
It is often difficult to face third world poverty head on, especially in a modern, prosperous country like Ireland, but Pavee Lackeen is unflinching in its portrayal. This is not a sensationalized story: this is a grim reality. Starring a large cast comprised mostly of real people, not professional actors, the film allows the Pavee to tell their own story. The pain and emotion these actors show is, all too often, very real.The travelling people of Ireland maintain their own culture and language, which sets them apart from the mainstream. Because of their status as outsiders, they are frequently the victims of much misunderstanding and prejudice.
Winnie (Winnie Maughan) is a ten year old girl who has gotten into trouble at school. Like most children, Winnie has a bit of a temper, especially when the other kids bully her. Unlike most other kids, Winnie is a traveler, a marginalized minority in modern Ireland. She lives in a trailer near the docks of Dublin with her mother (Rose Maughan) and nine siblings. Her father is away, though whether he‘s dead or gone nobody knows. For a girl growing up in such dire poverty, even everyday life can be a struggle. Things only get harder when a cruel city council attempts to evict Winnie and her family from their only home.
Trivia:• Pavee Lackeen: The Traveller Girlhas been awarded at several film festivals including honours for Best Feature Film at the Galway Film Festival in 2005.