This is the story of a community tragically divided over a pipe that could bring economic prosperity or destruction to a way of life shared for generations. The Pipe is set in a remote and tranquil corner of western Ireland at Broadhaven Bay and the tiny village of Rossport, where 2007 Goldman Environmental Prize winner Willy Corduff has lived his entire life. The unique nature of the coastline, which has sustained generations of farmers and fishermen, has also delivered to Shell Oil the perfect landfall for the Corrib Gas Pipeline. In the most dramatic clash of cultures in modern Ireland, the rights of farmers over their fields, and of fishermen over their fishing grounds, has come in direct conflict with one of the world’s most powerful oil companies. (—Irish Film Board/ Bord Scannán na hÉireann).

Directed by Risteard Ó Domhnaill. Produced by Rachel Lysaght. Official Selection, 2010 Toronto International Film Festival.

The Pipe

2010 US 83 min
Festival Year: 2015
Types: Documentary
Topic: Climate Change, Energy & Resources, Freshwater & Oceans, Global Perspectives, Sustainable Living