A Poem of Remote Lives (Werner Kissling, 1934, 19 minutes) is a unique, evocative film of the inhabitants of Eriskay, from a three-month sojourn on the island in 1934. Shot on silent stock, with music and narrative added later, it is believed to be the earliest film with Gaelic language dialogue. Born in Silesia in 1895, Kissling was an aristocrat, a professional soldier and diplomat until the new regime in Germany led him to quit his post. He settled in Scotland and died in 1988 aged 83.
This Faclan: the Hebridean Book Festival screening is hosted by Michael Russell, Professor in Scottish Culture & Governance at the University of Glasgow. Founder of the Celtic Media Festival, a former MSP for Argyll & Bute and for almost 14 years a Scottish Government minister in a variety of portfolios, he is also a columnist and commentator and the author of seven books including two on the work of the German Photographer and Ethnographer of the Hebrides, Werner Kissling.