Rotha Mor An Tsaoil


Directed By: Desmond Bell
Produced By: Sylvia Stevens
Released : 1999
Duration: 55 min
Created For: BBC Northern Ireland

Titled after the autobiography of Mici MacGowan, who left his native Donegal for the United States in the early 1980s, this documentary portrays the Irish experience in America at its harshest. MacGowans early life as a migrant worker travelling between Ireland and Scotland acts as prelude to his departure for America and subsequent trek to the Yukon in search of gold. The film is narrated by passages from MacGowans book and illustrated with footage from documentary and fiction films of the period.

Winner of Irish Film and Television Academy Award.