During the short pocket of what we can read the saga Morris from Kiev, the second part of Wistelbauer: The Story of Maurice from Kiev (RTE One, Tuesday, 9.35) allows us to see his drama through the eyes of a child.
This perspective belongs to Tom McCabe, Morris's younger son, as related to his mother, Lorraine. Like many of us, Tom watched the final stages of his father's distress and his absolute righteousness on television. "Is he on Dad's side?" He would ask his mother about any new character in the charges, the revelations, the accusations, and the interrogations. "Is he good or bad?"
This is the question. It's incredibly hard, but somehow, literally, the story of McCabe is fascinating precisely because there is almost childish simplicity under his narrative. He places a noble man on a filthy institution, matching a figure of morality and stubbornness with corrupt efforts to discredit him. Tom is right. To peel off politics – if such a thing was possible – and it really is a story of good versus bad, basic as a folk tale. Fortunately, one with a good ending.
Never refer to evil what can be explained by inefficiency, which the Hannon hair may say
In the second part of their comprehensive and intimate documentary, the RTE journalist Katie Hannon and director Meir Kearney continue at the pace of Macabas – Record time Special detailing the slander campaign harassing him.
They are also looking for a narrative form, tracing McCabe's mixed sense of justice to the image of his father, Michael, an energetic man whose 90th birthday we see at the center of the Court of Inquiry. As part of this celebration, pictures of McCabe as a young garde recruit are screened on a particularly peculiar soundtrack: The Clash & I fought the law. It is a fine generalization, and almost not only a gesture of family support we see, keeping the spirits of another lonely Crusader.
The stakes in McCabe's story continue to be higher, following Commissioner Garda's public rejection of Martin Callianian's claims of Garda's open conduct as "disgusting," privately spreading harmful jokes about him, which were infamously contaminated. When Michael Martin, the leader of Fianna Fáil, brings a file to Macbeth's charges to lighten up, he runs a series of reports and investigations that ultimately draw Alan Shatter as justice minister, the sudden retirement of Clainian, and Frances Fitzgg-Gerald as Schutter's heir Other people's efforts to discredit McCabe.
The most troubling allegations, probably raised, are the baseless rape of children, which was reported in the Tusla report, probably by a clerical error, which was circulated over the years. No evil is ever attributed to what can be explained by a lack of talent, the geek's shaving razor, but although the Conspiracy Court rejected the conspiracy in the matter, quoting Tusla's "incredible incompetence," Justice Peter Cecilia called it " "The most unexpected coincidences that will ever be accepted by a court of law."
If the saying behind every big man is a beautiful woman and looks old-fashioned, one reason is that Morris and Lorraine are equal partners, sharing support and a screen
But the more comforting aspect of the documentary film is the amazing resilience of the Macabbas family. If the saying behind every big man is a big woman seems to me out of date, one reason is that Maurice and Lorraine are always standing next to Each other, equal partners sharing and screen sharing support. Lorraine is unusually frank about emotional difficulties. "That's the tree I'm going to hang myself on," she recalls. Her husband says that after what he admits there were a few sad times.
The documentary often pushed the subject of unfounded despair, the worst consequences of a good person dragged by dark forces, the terrible prospect of a bad victory over the good.
The arch of the moral universe is long, noted Martin Luther King, but he bends toward justice. In the story of this justice he finally served, after a defiant struggle, these words seemed to resonate refreshingly. Others call for change. From Kiev he fought the law-or the most distressing abuse in him-and he won.
Read Peter Crowley's review of the first part of Wistelbauer: The Story of Maurice from Kiev Here