Ireland, 1845 the eve of The Great Hunger. Colmán Sharkey, a fisherman, a father, a husband, takes in a stranger at the behest of a local priest. Patsy, a former soldier in the Napoleonic wars arrives just ahead of ‘the blight,’ a disease that eventually wipes out the country’s potato crop, contributing to the death and displacement of millions.
As the crops rot in the fields, Colmán, his brother, and Patsy travel to the English Landlord’s house to request a stay on rent increases that Colmán predicts will destroy his community. The request falls on deaf ears and Patsy’s subsequent actions set Colmán on a path that will take him to the edge of survival, and sanity. It is only upon encountering an abandoned young girl that Colmán’s resolve is lifted. Just in time for the darkness of his past to pay another visit.
Arracht was selected as the Irish entry for the Best International Feature Film at the 93rd Academy Awards.
Director: Tom Sullivan
Country: Republic of Ireland
Language: Irish Gaelic, with English subtitles
Duration: 1hr 26m
Water Flows Together
Water Flows Together elevates the importance of acknowledging Indigenous land in outdoor recreation through the voice of Colleen Cooley, one of the few female Diné (Navajo) river guides on the San Juan River. In sharing Colleen’s perspective, we are given a glimpse into Native views on issues of water resource management, which are often missing from larger discussions of western water challenges. The filmmakers would like to acknowledge that this film was produced on the traditional lands of the Diné, Hopi, Ute, and Zuni peoples and honour with gratitude the land itself and the people who have stewarded it throughout the generations.
By Palmer Morse, Taylor Graham and Matt Mikkelsen
Place: Teec Nos Pos, UT
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