State of Affairs

The Pipe

Risteard Ó Domhnaill
Screening time  
04.03. / Petak, 21:00 - 23:00 Dvorana 1  
For all the media talk about globalisation, few have experienced its sharp end like the community of Rossport, Co. Mayo, as this vividly trenchant new Irish documentary makes clear.

Director Risteard Ó Domhnaill has been there to record every step of opposition to the high-pressure gas pipeline petrochemicals giant Shell planned to route through their land and fishing areas, threatening their livelihood and posing very real environmental and safety concerns. By placing the viewer amid baton-waving gardaí as these ordinary folk mount peaceful protests, and inside Pat ‘The Chief’ O’Donnell’s modest fishing boat as it squares up to Shell’s pipe-laying nautical behemoth, the film generates an almost primal emotive reaction witnessing these brave souls fight their corner – while the machinery of the state aligns itself with the oil company. Beautifully composed, and always cognisant of the complexity of the issues, the film is in every way worthy of the heroic struggle it captures. An Irish doc to grace any international stage.

Risteard Ó Domhnaill

Risteard Ó Domhnaill grew up in Tipperary, Ireland and studied theoretical physics at Trinity College in Dublin. He has worked as a news cameraman for Irish national broadcasters. He served as cinematographer and director on ‘The Pipe’ (2010).

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The Pipe

2010, 83', color, video

Directed by:
Risteard Ó Domhnaill

Risteard Ó Domhnaill

Edited by:
Nigel O'Regan, Stephen O'Connell

Stephen Rennicks

Rachel Lysaght, Risteard Ó Domhnaill

Produced by:
Scannáin Inbhear