A Foot of Turf


In his latest film, which premiered over on Nowness, American filmmaker David Drake documents the comfort that a local football team provides to a small fishing community under threat. On Arranmore, an island off the coast of Donegal, lives a community whose culture and economy has always been intertwined with fishing. However, as a result of the 2006 salmon fishing ban by the EU, the future of this community has been challenged greatly, with many of the younger generation having to move away from the island in search of a career.

What serves as a dwindling flame within the heart of this community, is the Island’s football team. Every week the Islander’s come together to witness their team play, even past islanders return from all over the world to cheer on their local club, which isn't just another club - “it's an expression of their pride and identity”.

This five minute documentary is a stunningly honest portrait of not only a community on the peripheries of society, but also of rural life in Ireland as a whole. If nothing else, ‘A Foot of Turf’ serves as a troubling reminder to the continual depletion of this way of life across our beautiful country.