Tom and his father say goodbye in “Uisce Beatha."Shaun O'Connor

It’s a mere eight minutes long and was shot on a $340 budget, but this beautiful short film is sure to bring a tear to your eye.

“Uisce Beatha,” which translates directly as “water of life” (and is the Irish for whiskey) tells the true story of an Irish father and son in 1912.

When Tom says goodbye to his father and heads off to Queenstown to board his ship for America, they’re both certain it will be the last time they see each other. So many sons and daughters who left during this time never saw their families again.

But Tom’s ship is the Titanic, making its doomed maiden voyage.

“Uisce Beatha,” by filmmaker Shaun O'Connor, has snapped up awards and accolades throughout Ireland and across the globe. Watch it once and you’ll see just why.



* Originally published in 2015.