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Directed by Steve McQueen

Part of Steve McQueen: A Dialogue and Retrospective

Hunger is raw, powerful filmmaking.” —Guardian (UK)

Steve McQueen’s first feature film is an unflinching examination of the last six weeks in the life of Bobby Sands, a member of the Irish Republican Army who led a hunger strike in Northern Ireland’s Maze Prison in 1981. The situation between guards and prisoners escalates to a fever pitch as this engrossing film shows the extraordinary power of physical, psychological, and spiritual resistance, and reveals the extreme sacrifice Sands and his cellmates endured for their political convictions.

A tense journey crafted out of the drama of knowing what will happen, Hunger lingers in a harrowing meditation from which it feels impossible to look away. Winner of multiple awards, including the Camera d’Or and FIPRESCI International Critics Prize at Cannes and the Discovery Award at the Toronto Film Festival (2008, 35mm, 96 minutes).


This Dialogue and Retrospective Program is made possible by generous support from Anita and Myron Kunin.