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The Shepherds of Berneray
Saturday 20 May at 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm£5.00 – £12.00
HEBRIDES INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
CNOC SOILLEIR | UIBHIST A DEAS | 19TH & 20TH MAY
In 1980, Allen Moore and Jack Shea, two ethnographic filmmakers from Harvard University, moved their families to the island of Berneray in the Outer Hebrides. Over the course of 18 months they documented the everyday lives and struggles of the crofters they lived among, whom were even then a vanishing breed.
The film follows the rhythm of life on a wind-swept island in the Outer Hebrides through the four seasons and in the filmmakers’ observation of the day-to-day struggles of a vanishing society we see the deep-time legacy of their kind. Thanks to Allen Moore.
UK Doc 1981, 55min (Remastered) by Allen Moore.
Language: English and Gaelic with subtitles
A collection of over 100 videotapes produced by communities in the Outer Hebrides in the late 1970s through the Cinema Sgìre project has been digitised, and the highlights will soon be accessible to the community as part of a programme of film screenings.
Covering the whole of the Western Isles from Ness to Vatersay, the collection gives an intimate insight into traditional ways of life in the islands in the late 70s as well as community developments. We see the blacksmith ‘Jellicoe’ at work in his smiddy in Ness, and demonstrations of the traditional processes in making tweed, from shearing sheep to waulking. Discussions on current affairs and community development are recorded, as well as visits to Welsh and Irish community development projects.
UK 2023 Archive Documentary Extract Footage complied by Andy Mackinnon
14 min, Language: Gaelic (with English subtitles) and English.