1hr 36mins

In this meditative portrait of a thousand-year-old fishing community in the Outer Hebrides, the director, Alastair Cole, draws upon a rich audio archive to merge quietly stunning footage of the landscape, its inhabitants and trade, with the gathering voices of the past.

It is also the very first documentary feature to be entirely in Scots Gaelic (with English subtitles).

Alastair Cole

As we watch contemporary fishermen continue with traditions that remain largely unchanged in a landscape that also bears very little trace of modernity, an immersive sonic collage of voices guides the film on.

The film becomes an audio-visual palimpsest, inviting an immersive rumination on time and community and what traces of one upon the other are revealed, or heard – calling back.

With a beautifully hypnotic score composed by Aidan O’Rourke (of the folk band, Lau), alongside the archival ethnographic recordings and roving visuals, Iorram (Boat Song) drifts towards its own nuanced and profound environment: a flowing temporality where Gaelic language, in a mode of sound-led film, suggests new enquiries for documentary as a landscape of listening in, and as, time.

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Wed 27 Oct

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