On the Irish island of Inishbofin (Inish Bó Finne), the vocation of fisherman is passed from father to son, and has been for generations. When new regulations put in place by the European Union prevent John O'Brien from practicing his ancestral way of life (fishing for wild salmon), he decides to lead a crusade to regain the rights of local communities to earn a living from traditional resources. Bringing together support from NGOs, fishermen all over Europe, and ordinary citizens, John spends eight years braving industrial lobbies to prove that, from the coast of Donegal to the corridors of Brussels, a different vision of Europe is possible. It is a contemporary case of “David vs. Goliath”: one man, 500 million European citizens to convince.
The language spoken on Inish Bó Finne is Irish Gaelic (Gaeilge na hÉireann), thus underscoring the theme of threatened traditional ways of life in the post-industrial world.
Introduction before both screenings.