A Boat Retold # 312

A Boat Retold

15:15, Friday 14th June, Museum Auditorium

rai 312 a boat retold

  • Director/Anthropologist: Louise Milne, Sean Martin
  • Year of Release: 2013
  • Duration: 24 mins
  • Country of Production: Scotland/UK



Q: When is a boat not a boat? A: When it’s a story. On the isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides, artist and poet Ian Stephen, writer Robert Macfarlane and others tell stories in and around the wooden fishing boat, Broad Bay, restored and rigged as a traditional sgoth Niseach, as it sets sail for the remote and beautiful Shiants archipelago, in the long summer light. Following the boat on its eleven-hour voyage, we come to see it as a living story in itself – about island boats and boat builders, memories, legends and sea-roads – through interviews, storytelling and music.

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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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