THE BLOW-IN

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What is it to feel at home? 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.

In a time of rising nationalism and racism in post-Brexit UK, potential Trumping of USA, and the closed borders of the EU, this performative ethnofiction and documentary explores the age-old question of home and belonging. 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.



MARY FAHY - 28/06/2017
The film is beautifully paced, it has a meditative, real-time quality that brings the viewer in and along the voyeur's journey to see the diversity and sameness in multicultural Ireland. The simple, silent action of unselfconsciously looking in through strangers' windows is something that I think we would all like to do but wouldn't dare to. It was thoughtful, beautiful and touching

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