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"Utterly Beguiling From Beginning to End"
Ross Whitaker - Stranger than Fiction Documentary Film Festival
Selected to represent Ireland at the 2013 EU Film Festival of India & Nepal.
This film follows the women singers of the Gaeltacht (Irish-speaking) region of West Cork on a journey to the heart of the Sean-nós singing tradition with a focus on the relationship between acclaimed singer and teacher Máire Ní Chéileachair and the 11-year old Shahira Apraku - a young student of German/Ghanese heritage.
Ireland | 2013 | 79 mins | PAL | Colour + B&W | 16:9
Sean-nós (unaccompanied traditional Irish singing) is considered to be
the holy grail of Irish Traditional Music and the Sean-nós singer is the living
embodiment of a tradition that stretches back, in an almost unbroken lineage, to
a time before the fall of the Gaelic nobility.
The oldest Sean-nós songs come from the aisling or "vision" songs in which a
poet has a vision by a river of a Spéirbhean (a sky-woman) symbolising Ireland.
Aisling Gheal (Bright Vision) is one of the most revered songs from this
tradition and is also the name of the organization responsible for helping to bring
the tradition to the next generations through it’s school and after-school
programmes run by the women in the film.
In a world of iTunes and YouTube it may seem like an impossible task to
maintain interest in this complex, and fiercely protected, tradition but somehow
they’re helping to keep it alive and attracting young protégés all the time.
Amongst the young singers is the 10-year old Shahira Apraku (a daughter of
African/German parents) who attends the local Gaelscoil and embodies an entire
new upcoming generation of Irish-speakers.
Shahira’s journey, the struggles of the women, the songs of the Sean-nós and the flow of
the Sullane river provide parallel intersecting narrative vehicles for this documentary, yielding insights
into this very precious part of our culture in the course of its unfolding, and
challenging some of our key contemporary notions of ‘Irishness’ in the process.
Aisling Gheal (Bright Visiion) was made with the support of BAI (Údarás Craolacháin na hÉireann/the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland) and in association with CCTV (Cork Community Television) as the broadcasters.
This is the 2nd film in Dónal Ó Céilleachair’s ‘Irish Music Trilogy’ that includes 3-TRIÚR (2012), Aisling Gheal (2013) & From Coolea to Iona (2014).