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Ar Dover Fein
Documentary 60
YEAR: 2001
DIRECTOR: Louis Lentin    
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PRODUCTION COMPANY: Crescendo Concepts   
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A drama-documentary examining the 1937 Kirkintilloch Bothy disaster in Scotland in which ten young tattie hokers all from Achill Island, lost their lives. Viewed against the background of seasonal migration from Achill and Donegal; and in the context of racist attitudes then and now. On 16 September 1937, the youths between 13-23, all from Achill lsland were asphyxiated by carbon monoxide gas in a 'bothy' in Kirkintilloch. In the resultant fire all but one body were burnt beyond recognition. Members of a squad of fourteen girls and twelve men that had arrived earlier, to work as tattie hokers. On 19 May 2000 a hermetically sealed container lorry disgorged 58 dead bodies of Chinese asylum seekers to Customs staff at Dover. They had suffocated en route from the Continent amongst crates of tomatoes. The binding factors between the two events. ...dire economic necessity and racism. The Kirkintilloch tragedy which has become part of the folk memory of Achill lsland was Ar Dover Fein ...Our Own Dover. Using extensive reconstruction, archive footage and stills the poignant story of Kirkintilloch and its time is recounted through the memory of a Woman of Achill.





 
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