An evening using archival films looking back at crofting and farming in Scotland to frame a discussion about the future of farming, extractivism and agroecology.

With Geoff Squire (James Hutton Institute) and Zarina Ahmad, environmentalist / climate change trainer and communicator at CEMVO Scotland).

Thursday, 23 January 2020, 6pm – 8:30pm

Andalus, New City Road, Glasgow, G4 9PA

Tickets £0 – £6

Screenings of:

  • ‘Land Makar’, 1981, 31.32 mins, filmed by Margaret Tait for Ancona Films, National Library of Scotland’s Moving Images Archive

The ‘Land Makar’ of the title is ‘a poet of the land’. Margaret Tait described this film as ‘A landscape study of an Orkney croft, with the figure of the crofter, Mary Graham Sinclair, very much in the picture, and enriched throughout by her vivid comments.’

  • ‘They Made The Land’, 1938, 19.41 mins, directed by Mary Field for Films of Scotland, National Library of Scotland’s Moving Images Archive

The struggle to live from the land and the work of the various departments of agricultural research and animal breeding. One of a group of seven documentaries made for the 1938 Empire Exhibition, under the supervision of John Grierson.

With thanks to Film Hub North’s Shifting Ground.