“A moving story about one man’s journey to a new unforeseen world across the Atlantic in Chile”
— Chris Totzke, Film Ireland
In their debut documentary, Christine Molloy and Joe Lawlor take as their point of departure the compelling 18th-century figure Ambrose O’Higgins. They attempt to retrace his remarkable journey from Ireland to Chile. Key locations in O’Higgins’ life – a lake in Sligo, a field in Meath, the port of Cadiz, the sea, and the edge of a snow-covered mountain in the Andes – are visited and reflected upon in the hope that something might be revealed, as if these very locations might contain clues.
However, as they speculate on the idea of place and what O’Higgins embodies, the filmmakers continually get sidetracked by a competing story of immigration and displacement. Gradually, and not without humour, these intertwining narratives uncover ideas about the transformative power of travelling, as looked at through the peculiar prism of the Irish experience.
Official selection: Audi Dublin International Film Festival 2016
Official selection: FIDMarseille 2016
Director Christine Molloy will attend.
Directors Christine Molloy, Joe Lawlor
Cast Denise Gough, Alan Howley, Jose Miguel Jimenez, Aidan Gillen
Script Christine Molloy, Joe Lawlor
Producers Christine Molloy, Joe Lawlor