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Friday 16 and Saturday 17 October 2015 at 2.00pm, 5.00pm and 7.30pm

Tarbert Community Centre        Programme Day 1      Programme  Day 2

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Day 1                                                                              

Operation Arctic          

Norway 2014   87mins  Action Adventure Drama   in Norwegian with English Subtitles    PG   HIFF6+

Friday 16 October at 2.00pm Tarbert Community Centre

Director: Grethe Bøe-Waal  A large scale adventure story for the whole family! Set in the wild Arctic ocean near Svalbard where the winter storms are building and the sun is about to disappear. 13 year old Julia and her twin siblings, 8 year old Ida and Sindre, have ended up on the deserted Half Moon island by a tragic mistake. No one knows where they are. They have to conquer fear and dangerous situations: Wild animals, raging weather, lack of food and how to communicate with the mainland. But they are quickly learning something all children love: How to master challenges.   View Preview



USA 2014  4 mins  Short  Animation  in English  

Friday 16 October at 2.00pm Tarbert Community Centre

Directed by Lily Williams. Produced at California College of the Arts.  What happens if sharks disappear? FINconceivable explores the importance of sharks to our world and what could happen if the fiercest ocean predators ceased to exist.


Reaching Blue: Finding Hope Beneath the Surface   

Canada  2014    45 mins   Documentary  in English

Friday 16 October at 5.00pm Tarbert Community Centre

Produced & Directed by Ian Hinkle and Andy Robertson. A writer, an oyster farmer and an ocean scientist on the Pacific coast expose new changes found in the Salish Sea, linking each of us to the world's oceans. With twenty-two cinematographers contributing imagery from deep-sea submarines, ocean research vessels and drone cameras around our local waters, we catch a glimpse of the Salish Sea as it has never been seen before. From John Steinbeck's old research vessel The Western Flyer to residents of coastal communities facing dramatic changes in their own back yards, Reaching Blue shows that we are all connected to the ocean at our doorstep. View Preview


The Laxá Farmers  

Iceland 2012    64 mins  Documentary   in Icelandic  with English subtitles

Friday 16 October at 5.00pm Tarbert Community Centre

Director: Grímur Hákonarson   In August 1970, farmers around Lake Mývatn got together with dynamite and blew up a dam to save their land, precious lake and salmon river Laxá. They had protested the dam for years but were losing the battle and being chased off their land when they went in the middle of the night with dynamite and blew up the construction of the dam. It was the first time that the public, in this case ordinary farmers, put up a fight because of damming and won. The farmers won a court case against them by sticking together and confessing. This marked the birth of environmentalism in Iceland.


Of Horses and Men (Hross í oss)  

Iceland 2013  81 mins   Comedy Drama  in Icelandic with English subtitles   15+

Friday 16 October at 7.30pm Tarbert Community Centre

Director/Scripwriter: Benedikt Erlingsson  A country romance about the human streak in the horse and the horse in the human. Love and death become interlaced and with immense consequences. The fortunes of the people in the country through the horses' perception. Of Horses and Men is a strikingly original film characterised by powerful visual language and an interwoven use of soundscape that gives the viewer a sense of, to quote Zola, “the beast in man”. The film depicts man’s eternal attempts to control nature and his pathetic failure in this endeavour – often with disastrous consequences. In this quirky love story about the relationship between humans and horses, director Benedikt Erlingsson masterfully transmits meanings and ideas through an admirable use of both animal and human characters. The animal’s gaze is the central point of view through which we observe the tragicomic behaviour of man. This gives Of Horses and Men not only a peculiar lyricism, but also a darkly comic tone, which makes the film distinctively Icelandic.


Santa Cruz del Islote

USA  19 mins  Documentary   in Spanish with English subtitles

Friday 16 October 2015 at 7.30pm Tarbert Community Centre

Directed by Luke Lorentzen  Santa Cruz del Islote is a three-acre island about fifty miles off the coast of Cartagena, Colombia. It is a community of about 600 people making it one of the most densely populated islands in the world. This region’s lucrative fishing, which encouraged such overdevelopment, has dwindled in recent years, and the island’s subsistence has become increasingly uncertain. In following a fisherman and a ten-year-old boy, this short documentary captures the complexity of cherishing a peaceful way of life that can no longer continue with ease.


Day 2       see Day 1

HIFF 2015 Archive Screen

Saturday 17 October at 2.00pm Tarbert Community

Eriskay - Poem of Remote Lives

Scotland 1934  19mins Scottish Island archive  Documentary

Filmed by Dr. Werner Kissling   Made in 1934 this is one of the earliest film portraits of the tiny island Eriskay, famous for Whiskey Galore, the Eriskay Love Lilt, the Eriskay fisherman's jersey, and the fact that Bonnie Prince Charlie first set foot on Scottish soil on this island, when he returned from France to lead the rebellion. Kissling filmed the 500 islanders at work, men and women, girls and boys, setting off in their herring smacks, shearing, gathering peats, collecting lichen for dying their tweed, spinning, carding, waulking, and recorded their beautiful working songs...   Filmed mute during summer of 1934 by Kissling. Narration and music added in a London studio. Premiered on April, 1935  Thanks to David Lockwood, executor Dumfries Museum, and Scottish Screen Archive

In Sheep's Clothing

Shetland, Scotland 1932  10 mins  Non-fiction  Silent   Colour& Black & White

Film-maker:  Jenny Isabel GILBERTSON (nee Brown)  Sponsor: GPO Film Library   Crofters are seen gathering and then "rooing" sheep, carding and spinning the wool to make jumpers. One of a group of films about Shetland made by Jenny Brown and purchased by John Grierson for the GPO Film Library in the 1930s  Thanks to Scottish Screen Archive

Salmon Fishing in Skye

Scotland 1938 5 mins  SEFA (Glasgow Group) Colour

Beautiful early colour footage of salmon fishermen at work on the stunning shores of scenic Skye, a prizewinner in the Scottish Amateur Film Festival 1941. The rugged crew mend their nets and set them in place before bringing in their catch and tightly packing it into iced boxes ready for sale. Shots of large open row boats and old fashioned methods paint a glorious picture of fishing in the 1930s, when tough men practiced a tough trade on ‘The Misty Isle’ of Skye. Made by SEFA (Scottish Educational Film Association).  Thanks to Scottish Screen Archive

Old Norse Vikings Festival 

UK 1927 3 mins  English language

Surprises abound in this extraordinary film of Shetland's famous fire festival, 'Up Helly Aa'. First up, chief Guizer Jarl and his Viking cronies lead a spectacular torch procession and boat burning ceremony. But the fun really begins with the costume parade (look out for the Michelin men) and comedy skits: an American prison scene, 'sheep' herding, and some wildlife spotting down by the shore...    Marking the end of the bleak midwinter, Up Helly Aa is held annually on the last Tuesday in January. The festival pays homage to Norse ritual and Shetland's Viking heritage, though it's actually a fairly modern custom, dating to around 1881. Like other newsreel companies, Gaumont Graphic sought out regularly occurring events and calendar customs. But few could be more impressive than this one, beautifully filmed and brilliantly bizarre. Thanks to British Film Institute National Archive.

An Gobha (The Last Blacksmith)

Stornoway, Scotland 2014  15mins  Documentary in English

Produced and Directed - Calum Angus Mackay  The film was made in 2008, following a number of attempts to both photograph, and record a very unique craftsman and character. Calum 'Steallag' Macleod. is a third generation blacksmith with a wealth of knowledge on many facets of Island life. He is a wonderful story-teller with a highly unique imagination. In the film I wanted to capture the history and atmosphere of the Smiddy workshop. In essence, he made the film and I was lucky enough to be present. Thanks to Calum Angus Mackay/Mactv.




An Dotair Mòr

Scotland 2014  60 mins  Documentary in Gaelic with English subtitles

Saturday 17 October at 5.00pm Tarbert Community Centre

Director : Andy Mackinnon Uist Film   An Dotair Mòr tells the story of how this legendary doctor looked after 3,000 people on 16 inhabited islands for over 40 years.  There were no hospitals, no telephones and few roads when he first arrived in 1932.  With perseverance through any weather, he used all possible means to reach patients living in remote locations.  On foot, by boat or horse, he tended accidents and emergencies.  With ingenuity and compassion he used what he carried in his two coat pockets to treat epidemics and help deliver thousands of babies. Combining testimony from Dr Alex’s patients and colleagues with archive material and exquisitely filmed contemporary sequences on North Uist, this documentary film is a character portrait of a truly remarkable man.  Pioneer of the life-saving air ambulance service, he successfully argued for the best medical provision for his patients.  The film explores how much was Dr Alex the last of the traditional rural doctors?  And how much a visionary doctor of the future?


Northbound (Mot nord)  

Norway 2015  11 mins  Documentary   in Norwegian with English Subtitles  

Saturday 17 October at 5.00pm Tarbert Community Centre

Director Jørn Nyseth Ranum  We are accustomed to see the skateboard being used in cities and on the hard asphalt. This film shows the first attempt to bring skateboard into nature and skate on frozen sand beaches in northern Norway. Join four of Norway's best skaters in this poetic and playful encounter with the Arctic winter.


The Dark Horse  

New Zealand 2014  122 mins   Drama   in English  15+

Saturday 17 October at 7.30pm Tarbert Community Centre

Director: James Napier Robertson  Incredible and inspirational film based on the true story of New Zealand chess legend Genesis Potini. A former speed-chess champion struggling with bipolar disorder, Genesis (Cliff Curtis) takes over as coach of a chess team for at-risk youth, in an effort to bring them to the national chess championship. THE DARK HORSE is an emotionally-charged and inspiring drama about a man who searches for the courage to lead, despite his own adversities - finding purpose and hope in passing on his gift to the children in his community through the game of chess. The film stars the versatile Cliff Curtis (THE PIANO, WHALE RIDER, THE FOUNTAIN) in the lead role, while also featuring rising New Zealand star James Rolleston (BOY, HIFF 2010; THE DEAD LANDS, Spring Showcase 2015) as a troubled teen looking for a way out.  The Dark Horse won the audience award at Seattle Film Festival, Rotterdam Film Festival and San Francisco Film Festival.


Brilliant Darkness: Hotaru in the Night   

Japan  12min   Documentary  in Japanese with English subtitles

Saturday 17 October at 7.30pm Tarbert Community Centre

Director: Directed by: Emily V. Driscoll  Brilliant Darkness: Hotaru in the Night  explores the importance of darkness, and erosion of it, through the study and preservation of firefly habitats in Japan and the United States. Fireflies disappear as artificial night lights disrupt their 'languages of light'. Brilliant Darkness: Hotaru in the Night features artists and scientists on different continents working to understand firefly flash patterns and how to live among wildlife in urban settings. The film features (in order of appearance in the film): Rei Ohara, Dr. Nobuyoshi Ohba, Dr. Marc Branham, Dr. James Lloyd, Dr. James Karl Fischer, AIA, RIBA


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