Iorram is a lyrical portrait of the Gaelic-speaking fishing community in Scotland’s Outer Hebrides, and its intimate relationship with the sea.
This first-ever theatrical documentary entirely in Scottish Gaelic blends archive recordings of voices, stories and songs from the past with visuals of island life today and a contemporary folk score, to take the audience on an immersive and moving journey into the heart of an ancient community struggling to preserve its identity in the modern globalized world.
At the heart of the film is an extraordinary trove of sound archive, recorded by pioneering Scottish ethnographers in the mid-20th century, who visited the Outer Hebrides to capture the hardship and romance of life lived in precarious balance with the sea, spoken in a language shaped by the waves. These newly restored recordings preserve an oral history of practical lore and mystical legends passed down through generations of Gaelic speakers, but now on the brink of fading away forever.
Director: Alastair Cole
Country: United Kingdom
Language: Scottish Gaelic, with English subtitles
Duration: 1hr 36m
The Art of Weaving
A glimpse into the life and work of Jessica Green, an innovative weaver and homesteader who lives in the Sandy Mush Community of Western North Carolina. This region of Appalachia is known for its deeply rooted traditions of weaving and artisanship. Green’s traditional weaving patterns – also known as ‘recipes’ – take inspiration from the designs of Colonial American coverlets. Green aims to: “deconstruct and reinvent to discover a craft that feels like my own retelling of the past.” Carrying forward a mostly women’s tradition of craftsmanship, Green takes pride in being a part of a nationwide resurgence of local artisan weavers. In the face of overwhelming economic pressure from corporate mass producers, Green is working “to bring a threadbare history back into consideration, being a weaver and a homesteader.”
By Jeremy Seifert
Place: Sandy Mush, NC
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