8mins ‧ HDV ‧ Ireland/Germany/UK ‧ 2016
Performative ethnofiction documentary made in the small town of Gort in the west of Ireland with migrant ‘blow-in’ residents in four languages: French, Portuguese, Irish and English.
Frenchwoman Véronique has been living in the small town of Gort in the West of Ireland for 6 years but she still doesn’t feel at home. But she’s always felt like a stranger, even when she was a child in France. Veronique looks into the windows of people living in Gort today to see what ‘a real home’ is like. She sees a Brasilian woman talking to her dog, an old couple speaking in the Irish language and a young Romanian woman talking to an old man who was born in the same room where they are talking and has never lived anywhere else. The Blow-in explores the age-old question of home and belonging as a counter-narrative to rising nationalism and racism in post/pre Brexit UK, the Trumping of USA, and the rising right and closed borders of the EU.
The Blow-in was made as a commission by ‘Europoly: Europe in Times of Transformation’ by the Goethe Institute. As part of the project myself and my Spanish and German collaborators contributed to a blog called The Europoly Lab which you can read here. It follows the research and development period of the film, and the summer I spent in Gort preparing for it.
Dublin International Short Film and Music Festival, 7 October 2016
Dublin Fringe Festival, Filmbase, Dublin, 19 September 2016
Lithuania Goethe Institute, 6 May 2016
Muencher Kammerspeile, Germany, 21 February 2016
Berlinale: Special Screening for Ambassadors of international Goethe Institutes, 9 February 2016
Melbourne Irish Film Festival, 6 April 2017
Sydney Irish Film Festival, 30 March 2017