The Pipe


What do people do, when the law prevents them from protecting themselves? This film tells the inspiring story of the small Irish village that stood up to Big Oil. Join the Shenandoah Group of the Sierra Club for a free screening of this award-winning film.

Film: The Pipe
Date: Monday, June 13, 2016
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: JMU Ice House, 127 West Bruce St., Harrisonburg

Afterwards we’ll wander next door to Pale Fire Brewing Co. for discussion.

Co-sponsored by the Climate Action Alliance of the Valley.



Click on image at left to see the trailer.

Running time is 1 hour, 23 minutes


The Pipe is a thrilling documentary, portraying the story of a community tragically divided, and how they deal with an oil pipe that could bring economic prosperity or destruction of a way of life shared for generations. In a remote corner of the west of Ireland sits Broadhaven Bay. It is the perfect picture postcard, where the high cliffs of Erris Head and the Stags of Broadhaven stand sentry at the mouth of the bay against the mighty Atlantic, as if protecting the delicate golden sands of Glengad beach and the tiny village of Rossport which nestles behind the dunes. However this peaceful tranquility belies the turmoil that lies beneath, and 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 to their fishing grounds, has come in direct conflict with one of the worlds most powerful oil companies. When the citizens look to their state for protection, they find that the state has put Shell’s right to lay a pipeline ahead of their own rights.

Winner Best Documentary, Foyle Film Festival November 2010. Honourable Mention, IDFA 2010. Winner Best Documentary Galway Film Fleadh, July 2010.

International Premiere, Toronto FF,10th September.
Released on July 2010


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