Turning Tide

A turning tide in the life of man

One man, 500 million citizens to convince!

The incredible story of a small fisherman in his daily fight over 8 years, a man stuck between the politico-economic mechanism of his country and European Union regulations. A provocative film about understanding each individuals role in society.

Directors notes

The documentary explores the impact of EU-level environmental management policies on a small, Irish-speaking fishing community on the island of Inis Bó Finne off the northwest coast of Donegal. We follow an eight-year journey of one fisherman, John O’Brien, islanders, experts as they campaign on behalf of the European islands for access to the traditional catch and their unique way of life. The film is also concerned with the challenges facing minority language groups and the rupture of traditional livelihoods in coastal Ireland and further afield in the EU.

Festivals Selections and Awards

Festival European Film Festival des Arcs (France)

Festival Etonnants Voyageurs (France)

Competition, Millenium Film Festival (Brussels)

Palic Film Festival (Serbia),

Compétition, Bled Film Festival (Slovenia)

The IFI Documentary Films Festival (Ireland)

Compétition, Galway Film Festival

Guth Gafa Film Festival (Ireland)

HIFF 2016 (The Hebrides International Film Festival, Scotland)

Rencontres AD Hoc (France)

Escales Documentaires, Ecran vert (France)

Compétition, Cine Politico (Argentina)

Festival Résistances (France)

Festival Interceltique de Lorient (France)

TIFF (Norway)

NordKap Festival (Norway)

Rencontres hivernales de Grignan (France) 2017

Rencontres cinématographiques de Montmélian (France) 2017

Winner Best Documentary, FIFIG 2015

Winner Best Documentary, Festival Pêcheurs du Monde, France

Special Jury’s mention, Documentary Films Festival Traces de vies, France

Special Jury’s mention, Derry Foyle Film Festival, Northern Ireland

Jury Award, the Rural Film Festival Festi’vache, France

Winner Best European Documentary Award, CIRCOM 2016

Nominated for the best documentary 2016,

Oireachtas na Gaeilge Media Awards 2016

Nominated for the best single documentary 2017

Celtic Media Festival…

Nominated for the best Documentary  2016,

Fondation Radharc Awards (Irlande) 2016

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