‘The Pipe’ has won the best documentary award at the prestigious Galway Film Fleadh, selling out both screenings and receiving standing ovations on both occasions. A documentary film, four years in the making, ‘The Pipe’ tells the story of the people of Rossport in the West of Ireland, and the efforts of the Shell Oil company to lay a high pressure, raw gas pipeline through their community.
The rights of farmers over their fields, and of fishermen to their fishing grounds, have come into direct conflict with one of the worlds most powerful oil companies. When the citizens look to their State to protect their rights, they find that the government has put Shells right to lay a pipeline over their own. Risteard Ó Domhnaills compelling documentary follows three very different characters as the local community is plunged into turmoil, not only by their opposition to the project, but more tragically, by the struggles within their own campaign. ThePipe tells the story of a pipeline that can bring economic prosperity or destroy a way of life shared for generations.