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Director: Robbie Fraser | Countries of production: United Kingdom | Year: 2016 | Length: 75 min
Language: English, Gaelic, German, Italian with English subtitles | Age: 12+ years

Hamish Henderson (1919-2002) was a colossal figure in Scottish culture, a man of boundless passion and curiosity whose poems continue to elevate and inspire a nation.

Robbie Fraser’s highly anticipated documentary pays tribute to the many contrary forces and diverse facets of Henderson’s life as a poet, soldier, intellectual, activist, songwriter and leading force in the revival of Scottish folk music.

From an English orphanage and the draughty corridors of Cambridge to overseeing the capitulation of the Italian army in WWII and penning the most celebrated Scottish ballad in contemporary folk music “Freedom Come Aa’ Ye”, this is Henderson’s life as told by those who knew him best and loved him most.

This heartfelt tribute to one of modern Scotland’s proudest sons weaves golden archive footage with the loving testimony of Henderson’s family, friends and colleagues.

“Moving and joyous… if you get the chance to see this film you simply must.”

Glasgow Film Festival, Official selection

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