Mia Mullarkey | Ireland, Ukraine 2017 | 14 Min. | OmeU
Derek Devoy has been driving a taxi for 15 years. After rescuing two men from jumping off bridges late one night, in completely separate incidents, Derek realizes that taxi drivers are in a position to help people at their darkest hour. Derek’s own experience of depression gives him the insight to set up Taxi Watch, and in no time at all a nationwide movement begins. This award-winning short documentary follows taxi drivers in Kilkenny, Ireland, who join together to form a suicide prevention group called Taxi Watch. Uniquely positioned to patrol the night, the drivers keep vigil over the city’s streets and bridges and offer help to those who feel forlorn. A throwline is a rope thrown into a river to save a person from drowning. In this short film we accompany the drivers at night and witness their world of rescues and revelations.