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Updated: Sep 28, 2020

The Republics, 2020 (screened the other night as part of Imagining an Island Symposium). The film interweaves experiences of place, memory, landscape & language. The film is like a poem, it encapsulates so much in a short amount of time, without over-explaining. The poems were written in the 80s and published in 2016 and the film made over the past 2 years. The sense of time is long and immediate as the poet revisits Uist where he lived for 3 years in a Shepherd's Cottage, in the 70s, struggling to find traces of himself there in the present day.

Breathe & rhythm were particularly intriguing themes in the film.

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