In a House that Ceased to Be


Christina Noble

Last night I hosted a Q&A with Christina Noble after a screening of the documentary on her at the Gate Cinema.

Directed by Cíarín Scott, it’s one of the most moving films I’ve seen. It’s raw, uncompromising and exceptionally honest.

The film-makers followed Christina for a couple of years, through her work with deprived children in Mongolia and Vietnam, and on a personal journey during which a reunion with three of her siblings – who hadn’t met together as adults – was organised.

While the film doesn’t show graphically the suffering children undergo in the areas in which Christina works, she discussed with us the type of situations she has come across. Things like rampant paedophilia and organ harvesting of children who are kidnapped or sold to traffickers.

The shock in the room was palpable, but what was more palpable was Christina’s incredible passion. Every single thing that happens to those children, she feels. She feels everything. I think she is the most ‘feeling’ person I have met; she radiates energy and passion and determination.

She spoke for a long time about the power of goodness and doing what is good and decent. I found it hard to sleep last night, like I was wired right through with an electric current. Apparently, she has this effect on everyone.

In a House That Ceased To Be is on for one more night, tonight, at the Gate Theatre. Do go and see it.

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