Screening: 'Orla Tinsley: Warrior' | Spring 2019
May 8th, 2019 4:00 pm -
We were pleased to present the Columbia Writing Program as we honored current student Orla Tinsley with a screening of the documentary Orla Tinsley: Warrior.
The screening was followed by a discussion between Orla Tinsley and Phillip Lopate, acclaimed essayist and professor in the School of the Arts Writing Program.
Orla Tinsley is an award-winning journalist, author, and health activist. A native of Ireland, she moved to New York City in 2014 to pursue an MFA in creative writing at Columbia University’s School of the Arts, after having already revolutionized health care in Ireland as an advocate for fellow sufferers of cystic fibrosis. By early 2017, her own health was rapidly declining, and she was placed on the organ donation list. On December 21st of that year, just days away from dying, she finally received a life-saving double lung transplant at Columbia University Medical Center.
A documentary crew followed Tinsley throughout the transplant process and the resulting film premiered on RTÉ, Ireland’s public network, last year. The documentary received a rapturous reception; in the days following Warrior’s television debut, requests for organ donor cards across Ireland increased by almost 10,000%. Tinsley continues to advocate on behalf of CF patients and other disenfranchised groups.
Warrior is a tribute to Orla Tinsley’s unbreakable spirit and to the generosity of the Columbia University community. We are thrilled that Tinsley and directors Tara Peterman and Sally Roden have given permission to the Writing Program to host this exclusive screening before the documentary’s New York premiere on May 30th.
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Screening Room 511
New York, NY 10027