Out of Innocence
Based on true events at the turn of the 20th century, the Irish social drama “Out of Innocence” tells the story of a woman falsely accused. When a newborn baby washes up on a beach, it’s shocking enough, but the child was also stabbed before being tossed into the water. At the same time, a young mother gives birth to a stillborn baby 50 miles away and secretly buries the body on the family's small holding. A link is made — wrongly — between the two babies, and after a questionable police investigation, the young woman is accused of two counts of murder. Even though the evidence clearly doesn’t support a prosecution, she is pursued and ultimately committed to trial, sparking a national outrage. At a time of great social discord in Ireland — marked by religious sectarianism, the nascent abortion debate, and the emergence of the first women’s movement — the young mother finds herself the unwitting central figure in a stubborn contest of the individual vs. the state. The cast of “Out of Innocence” includes the great Irish actress Fiona Shaw (“Harry Potter” series, “True Blood”).