The border between the Republic of Ireland and the UK runs in the middle of a beautiful glacial fjord. The Carlingford Ferry crosses the Carlingford Lough on a daily basis, bringing people from one side to the other. Here we meet characters from North and South, with different points of view, making the journey through the magnificent, green Irish landscape.
The film explores the concept of identity and community on an isle divided by not one, but 2 borders: a physical one between the UK and Ireland, and mental one between seemingly incompatible opinions on the role of the border. Opinions that might change when the personal surpasses the ideologic.
Though the water on each side is deep, it has the unpredictable weather in common. But does the local expression ‘four seasons in one day’ only reflect on the weather?
This London Migration Film Festival screening will be followed by a Q&A discussion with Calvin Po and Dr Cherry Smyth.
More about the speakers:
Calvin Po originally trained as an architect at UCL Bartlett and the Architectural Association, where he began his research on the Irish border(s) and its relationship with the body. His research has been published in the e-Flux journal article, 'Inscribing borders on bodies'. He currently works at Dark Matter Labs where he is strategic designer and researcher, rethinking institutional infrastructures and systems to enable a just climate transition.
Dr Cherry Smyth is a poet, novelist and art writer. She has published four poetry collections, When the Lights Go Up, One Wanted Thing (both Lagan Press) Test, Orange (Pindrop Press, 2012) and Famished (Pindrop Press, 2019), a book-length poem on the Irish Famine & the biggest refugee crisis of the 19th century. Her novel Hold Still was published by Holland Park Press, 2013. See www.cherrysmyth.com.