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This article in the Irish language discusses Bob Quinn’s 1979 film Poitín in terms of its local, national and global connections. Quinn was an important part of Gaeltacht radicalism, especially Gluaiseacht Chearta Sibhialta na Gaeltachta, also known as the Gaeltacht Civil Rights movement. The film is also important for Irish cinema as a whole, coming at a time when there was considerable debate not only about the best strategies for language development but also about how national strategies for broadcast and cinema might integrate Irish. Among the least-discussed aspects of this film, are its connections to the global movement of Third Cinema, and this article seeks to place it in that context with special attention paid to movements in Brazil, Argentina, and Cuba (especially the concept of “Cine imperfecto” put forward by Julio García Espinosa).