WATCH FROM HOME: The Village

THE VILLAGE
Mark McCarty
black & white, 70 min, 1968, digitally remastered 2020

Available on DSL and DVD: https://store.der.org/the-village-p283.aspx

The Village is an intimate study of the slow-paced diurnal round of activity in Dunquin, County Kerry, Ireland.

At the time of filming in 1967, the village consisted of only 180 people, most elderly and poor. This traditional portrait was filmed at a time when acculturation by urban tourists was just beginning; as such, the language, customs and subsistence techniques of Dunquin are presented without commentary or narration.

Throughout this cinéma vérité exploration, key village characters emerge: the postmistress, who dispenses sweets, gossip, and pensions; and the pub owner, who is also a landlord, grocer, and traditional yarn-spinner. Despite being isolated from the rest of the country and depleted by emigration, the society, traditions, and lives of Dunquin carry on.


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