MAN OF ARAN
The film, The Man of Aran, or simply known as the ‘Film’ to those living on the Aran Islands, was a documentary film made by the renowned American director, Robert Flaherty (the man known at the time for virtually inventing the documentary style film) in 1934.
The Man of Aran is a documentary set on the Aran Islands which follows a family and their attempts of survival in the barren landscape. For survival, the family relied on laying seaweed, making earth for potatoes and fishing on cliff edges, to also include shark fishing on stormy seas which was consider as one of the most dangerous every filmed scenes at its time.
The Aran Islands were used as the setting for this documentary film, much of which can be explored and seen today.
Wonderful saw this first time in Kilronan as a child 6 or 7. 50 years ago. Magical .walked home to seven churches that night and the sky was dropping stars the whole way home.The film was an extension of all that was around me as I imagined it would have been!I was collecting water from the crag spring. There wasn’t much to be got!My mum washed clothes in the sea! I felt wild and free!
Wonderful film! Old life on Aran as you would imagine but so enjoyed and valued the visual reenactment!