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Muir ar n-athraichean (Our Fathers Sea)

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Alastair Cole


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A short (5min and 12min versions) documentary film based inquiry into the relationship between the Gaelic language, Scottish marine policy and the preservation of Hebridean fishing communities in South Uist, Outer Hebrides. The project was undertaken in collaboration with Dr. Magnus Course from The University of Edinburgh and the Western Isles Fishing Association. This impact driven short documentary film output has been made predominantly to be viewed by policy makers in Scotland, to help inform decisions around the importance of increased consideration being allocated to the impact on the Gaelic Language, and Gaelic speaking communities within any future debates on marine policy in Scotland (currently there is no mention of the impact of the Gaelic language in any marine policy in Scotland). The project has received ESRC impact (ESRC IAA) support through Edinburgh University. This is the first film output of a wider project which will also include a mid length creative documentary film for public audiences.

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Author(s): Cole A, Course M

Publication type: Digital or Visual Media

Publication status: Published

Year: 2018

Publisher: Tongue Tied Films, Edinburgh University

Type: Documentary Film

Credits: Director and camera: Alastair Cole; Co-director and producer: Magnus Course

Notes: 12 min Film viewing Link: 5min Film viewing link: The film was premiered at the Rannsachadh na GĂ idhlig 2018, Edinburgh, and was broadcast on BBC Alba in 2020