Irish Folk Furniture # 39

Irish Folk Furniture

14:00, Friday 14th June, Museum Auditorium

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  • Director/Anthropologist: Tony Donoghue
  • Year of Release: 2012
  • Duration: 8 mins
  • Location: Ireland
  • Ethnic Group: Irish
  • Language: English


An animated documentary about repair and recycling in rural Ireland. In rural Ireland old hand painted furniture is often associated with hard times, with poverty and with a time many would rather forget. Because of this association much of the country’s furniture heritage lies rotting in barns and sheds. In the making of this film 16 pieces of abandoned folk furniture were restored and returned back to their daily use. The film was shot in a green environmentally friendly way using local crafts people, local narrators and inexpensive secondhand equipment. Only natural light was used to shoot this film.

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Organised by the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain & Ireland (RAI) since 1985, it is an itinerant festival that moves biennially from one university host to another, in association with local community and cultural organisations.

The festival will be held from Thursday 13 June to Sunday 16 June 2013 in Edinburgh, hosted by National Museums Scotland and the STAR consortium. Scottish Training in Anthropological Research (STAR) is a collaboration between the Universities of Aberdeen, Glasgow, Edinburgh and St. Andrews. Over 60 new films will be screened alongside a conference 'New Observations' and a selection of special events and workshop about art & anthropology and the use of archival film.

The RAI Film Festival is held in collaboration with the Center for Visual Anthropology, University of Southern California.

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