Launched in Ireland in recent days, ‘Atlantic’, narrated by Emmy Award-winning actor Brendan Gleeson, took Best Irish Documentary at the Dublin International Film Festival. Its US premiere will take place at the Environmental Film Festival in Washington, DC on Saturday March 19 at 2.15pm at the Carnegie Institute for Science. Discussion with director Risteard Ó Domhnaill will follow the screening.
Shot across the North Atlantic over a number of years, the film follows fishing communities in Ireland, Norway and Newfoundland, who are losing their livelihoods as oil companies drill ever deeper into their waters, and “super-trawler” fleets fish their stocks to the brink.
A large part of the story involves seismic airgun mapping for oil and gas, and what the future holds for marine habitats faced with such invasive technology. As this is such a crucial issue along the eastern US seaboard at the minute, this would be a great opportunity to see what other communities further afield are facing with the same issue.