Film about Bobby Sands wins award at Cannes

Hunger, a film about Bobby Sands, received the Camera d'Or award at the closing ceremony of the Cannes Film Festival. For more information about the film, click here and here.

Bobby Sands died on May 5, 1981 after 66 days on hunger strike in the struggle for human rights and political status for all Irish Republican political prisoners incarcerated in Northern Ireland. He was only 27 years old. Bobby Sands was one of ten men to die in the Hunger Strike of '81. The demands of the prisoners included:

  • The right not to wear a prisoner uniform (since they were not criminals)
  • The right to free association amongst Republican political prisoners
  • The right as political prisoners not to do prison work
  • The right to organize their own educational and recreational facilities
  • The right to one weekly visit, letter and parcel

For more information on the Hunger Strike of '81, click here.