ISLE OF HARRIS, OUTER HEBRIDES OF SCOTLAND.
AWAY WITH THE LAND
A lyrical meditation, which takes the audience on a passage to the Outer Hebrides of Scotland, where they will be immersed in the sphere of a crofter and the culture that envelops him.
While highlighting the majestic beauty of the culture’s collectivism and the extraordinary atmosphere of the apocalyptic landscape that they farm, the story will recognise the conflicts embedded within the tradition, and a graveness which is the imminent depletion of these practises, and this indigenous way of life.
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“See the Quiet Beauty of Farm Life on the Scottish Isles”
In the Outer Hebrides of Scotland, life on the Isle of Harris has been largely influenced by the practice of crofting, a small-scale agricultural tradition that has been passed down for generations. Follow the quiet life of crofter Donald John Macinnes as he tends to his sheep and cows in the staggeringly beautiful landscape.
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Portrait of a Place: Away With the Land
Documenting a disappearing way of life in the Outer Hebrides
Journey to the far reaches of Scotland, to explore the practice of Crofting—a small-scale agricultural technique based around working communities who share and farm their land in common.
“The filmmaker’s story recognises the hardship and beauty that is integral to this rugged existence”
Guided by local crofter Donald John Maciness, exploring the extraordinary and rugged landscape that has been farmed by the crofters since the nineteenth century.
The filmmaker’s story recognises the hardship and beauty that is integral to this existence , while also revealing its imminent disappearance as younger generations turn away from this way of life.
FILM FETSIVAL SCREENINGS
Hebrides International Film Festival (2016)
The London Short Film Festival (2017)
Glasgow International Film Festival (2017)
Take One Action Film Festival (2017)
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How we found our reluctant 'star' in the remote Scottish wilderness.
”I realised that if I wanted to find a crofter with the magnetism to carry this short film, I would have to go there myself.”