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May 18, 2016

Coastal communities come together

Last week saw folk from communities dotted around Scotland’s coastline gather for the first time to share their concerns about the quality of their marine environment. To those of us who rarely venture out to sea, it takes a bit of imagination to consider what’s happening so far beneath its surface. But for these communities, their whole existence and future sustainability is inextricably connected to the sea and many of them are becoming deeply worried by what they observe.  This lovely film from Fair Isle tells its own story.

To view the Film, click here

In May 2014 award winning composer Inge Thomson took her band back home to Fair Isle for the premiere of her project “Da Fishing Hands”. This project, a collaboration with Inge’s late cousin, the poet and musician Lise Sinclair, was inspired by the Fair Islanders’ enduring campaign to gain Marine Protected Area status for the waters around their small island. Filmmakers Andy Crabb and Peter Cutts travelled with Inge and her fellow musicians, and other artists brought together by Cape Farewell and Ruth Little to document the performance and to listen to the voices of the Island residents. This film is the result of that journey. Thanks to Cape Farewell and Ruth Little for making it happen.

The very wonderful music in the film is by Inge Thomson and her band. If you want to see and hear more about this, they made another film last year that focuses on her project Da Fishing Hands. Its here