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Roots of a Man (2005)

here is a place in the hills of Northwest Ireland, a land called Inishowen, where the Clan O'Dochartaigh once held unshakeable sway. They occupied a series of castles and keeps along the ... See full summary »

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Cast overview:
Jeff Campagna Jeff Campagna ... Himself
Dan Wooster Dan Wooster ... Cahir Rua O'Dogherty
Mike Pehlivan Mike Pehlivan ... Phelimy McDevitt
Matthew Campagna ... Sucat / St. Patrick
Anastasia Tubanos Anastasia Tubanos ... Coniall
Tania Lacaria Tania Lacaria ... Enda
Laurence Correa Laurence Correa ... Farmer
Mike Winstanley Mike Winstanley ... Assassin


here is a place in the hills of Northwest Ireland, a land called Inishowen, where the Clan O'Dochartaigh once held unshakeable sway. They occupied a series of castles and keeps along the winding Irish countryside. They fought with immeasurable bravery and valor. They gained the respect of the British and lost it in the blink of an eye. These are Jeff Campagna's roots; follow him as his exciting and, at times, surprising ancestry is revealed to him. Written by Anonymous

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A Journey through the lands of the Clan O'Dochartaigh





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Release Date:

1 July 2005 (Ireland) See more »

Filming Locations:

County Donegal, Ireland See more »


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CAD 29,000 (estimated)
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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Some of the historical flashback footage was shot in the lobby of a restaurant that Jeff Campagna managed as a chef. It was shot through the middle of the night when the restaurant was closed. See more »


Jeff Campagna: Whosoever asks me of my birth, I will tell them: I am born of Irish princes who ruled in Donegal a thousand years ago; that I am a descendent of the high-kings of Ireland; and my name is from the clann O'Dochartaigh.
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Crazy Credits

In the closing credits of Roots of a Man, you'll note a crew role of "Fire Safety" is left intentionally blank. There was no safety to be found on that shooting day. None. See more »

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Beautiful Cinematography and an Insightful Story
12 April 2006 | by exotic_chickieSee all my reviews

Roots of a Man is a story about identity, self-discovery, and the desire to be part of something bigger than yourself. We follow Jeff Campagna on a journey to Ireland where he meets up with various locals and historians and discovers the rich past of the Dogherty's - a past he never knew he was a part of.

The scenery is absolutely gorgeous and the D.O.P has an excellent eye for picking out breath-taking and memorable shots. And the historical re-enactments add a haunting flavour to the doc, bringing the viewer even deeper into this tale. Technically speaking, it was very well edited and the music that was chosen suited the tone of the doc perfectly.

Although at first glance you might think this tale is specific to the Dogherty Clan, it's a heartfelt story that speaks to many of us whose parents or grandparents have immigrated and settled in another country and leave us searching to our roots for a real sense of identity and belonging.

A great job by the Campagna brothers and I look forward to seeing their next venture!

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