SILVER BRANCH, THE
THE SILVER BRANCH is a philosophical vision of the life of farmer/poet Patrick McCormack, descendant of generations of farmers who have cultivated the wild landscape of The Burren in County Clare, Ireland — a story of renewed hope in man's ancient connection to the natural world. When Patrick and his rural community are drawn into a divisive battle with the government's Office of Public Works over a planned visitor center, he and a small group of friends take the fight to the Irish High Court in order to protect the fate of this iconic wilderness. Through Patrick's eyes, and in his words, this beautifully shot film immerses viewers in the exquisite texture of the landscape, delivering a rare glimpse of a disappearing way of life with all its richness, roguery and ancestral wild spirit. Winner of the International Spectrum Audience Award at HotDocs 2018. (Note adapted from Galway Film Fleadh.) DIR/SCR Katrina Costello; PROD Ken O'Sullivan. Ireland, 2017, color, 75 min. NOT RATED
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