The Blackstairs Rural Film Festival celebrates films that explore rural life, from Donegal to the Himalayas, Germany to Wexford, Clare to Japan. The festival venues are in Borris and community halls in the Blackstairs Mountains. These films explore the complexities of rural life in a global economy and reflect on the subtleties of the rural/urban divide when we are all digitally networked.
The topics covered in this our inaugural festival range from the narratives of emigration and return; the environment and its relationship to history, memory and the economy; a humorous look at a small community charming and disarming big business; contemporary visual artists re-examining folklore, the global reach of some of our most respected traditional musicians; the enduring fantasy of romantic Ireland and a relooking at what this might suggest; Japanese animation and a children’s film about the little people.
Orla Ryan (Festival Co-ordinator)