|BENEATH THE TREES|
|Cast: ||Tom Kyne, Eddie O'donnell, Eddie Lenihan, Keith Corcoran, Seosamh Mac Suibhne|
|Crew: ||Screenplay: Iker Esteibarlanda -
Cinematography: Iker Esteibarlanda -
Editing: Iker Esteibarlanda, Alex Arrieta -
Music: Mikel Salas -
Sound: Iker Esteibarlanda|
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Storytelling in Ireland stems from an ancient oral tradition of transmitting laws and taboos, hero epics, wisdom tales and cultural myths from generation to generation. The storyteller's gift transports the audience to different worlds by the sole power of the spoken word. Nevertheless, as a form of entertainment, education and moral instruction, the folk art of storytelling is struggling to hold its own. This documentary tries to discover the very essence of this ancient art.
Iker Esteibarlanda was born in Getxo, a coastal town of the Basque Country, in 1992. His cultural interests, his passion for cinema and the need to tell stories took him to travel to Ireland and start his first project called Beneath the Trees, a short documentary about the ancient art of storytelling in the country. Mikel Salas, composer of more than 25 films and a Goya nominee for best soundtrack, worked with him on the project. He is currently studying Media at the University of Navarra.
Beneath the Trees is the fruit of my labour and passion for Irish culture. The beauty I see in this culture is something that needs to be shared. I'm amazed by the historical and cultural wealth of the country. It's even more precious in the context of the 21st century as other cultures have already started to lose their identity.
It is a culture where man and nature live in harmony and the four elements are still prominent. This is due not only because of its geography, but by the legacy left by the pagan culture of the Celts. Ingrained in their culture is a perception of time known as the cyclic module. As someone who grew up in Basque culture this view of time is something I could relate to. Faced with the idea of linear time and progress prevailing today, I wanted to highlight the importance of the past, our roots. We can't understand what we are if we don't not know what we were. This is where I found the starting point of the film: How is that past manifested in the present?
During my research, I was impressed by the importance of oral tradition in Ireland. Writing arrived later than the rest of Europe and the laws, taboos, the heroic epic and cultural myths were passed down orally from generation to generation. It's still the same the today. That's how I found out about the ancient art of storytelling, one of the most interesting ways the past is kept alive in Irish culture.
Thanks to the power of fiction, stories were beyond entertainment and they were used to educate children, inculcate moral values , ensure their safety and introduce them to the world in which they lived. There is no one to hear them anymore. Radio and television have completely changed the way people entertain themselves. One of the consequences of entertainment in its current format is that the human contact is lost and we're disconnected from nature. Stories are no longer shared, they are consumed.
As the great storyteller Eddie Lenihan says, time progresses and changes everything, and you cannot have a nostalgic attitude towards it. With Beneath the Trees I did not want to criticize these changes, but the values and try to discover the true essence of this ancient art that is being lost, loss not only in Ireland but worldwide. Beneath the Trees is not only about storytelling, it's about life.