'The Enigma of Frank Ryan,' a new film from Northern Ireland director Desmond Bell, takes a look at IRA activist Ryan, who collaborated with Nazi Germans after they sprang him from a Spanish jail. Dara Devaney plays the controversial Ryan.
According to the Montreal Gazette, while the Irish government took a neutral position during WWII, about 70,000 Irish citizens volunteered for service in the British Armed Forces, in addition to 50,000 from Northern Ireland. However, some IRA sympathizers sought German aid for their cause.
The film has already made waves in Ireland. However, Bell, who diligently researched the complicated history of the film, said he was "more interested in exploring the human side of the Ryan question than the political."
The film made its North American debut at the World Film Festival this weekend.
Here is a clip of the film:
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