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Mairi MacLeod and the Metagama (1998)

Two Canadian cousins are visiting Barvas on the Isle of Lewis, home to their great grandmother, Mairi MacLeod, before she emigrated. Staying at a B&B run by Gaelic-speakers, the old lady who runs it recognises Mairi from an old photograph, and recalls the story of Mairi’s decision to move overseas. Mairi and her husband had been struggling to make ends meet: an ad for free passage to Canada aboard the Metagama therefore proved irresistible. The pair weren’t seen again. She reveals there’s still a MacLeod living locally, who’s summoned to meet their Canadian relatives.

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Clip Details

Record Id 007-002-000-023-C
Resource Rights Holder Jessica Langford, Pomegranate Films Ltd.
Project Ref STST2-07
Year of Production 1998
Genre Drama
Curriculum Areas subjects
Who Made by the children of Barvas Primary School Isle of Lewis with the guidance of animator Jessica Langford (Filmmaker)
Country of Origin UK
Medium / Content Mixed Media, Fiction, Colour, Sound, Gaelic
Themes Local history, Family, Tourism, Language
Clip Length 05:00