Synopsis: The short documentary follows Lisa Levins, the lifeboat navigator from Ireland on a rescue operation on the sea. Lisa is a widow who lost her husband tragically. Her passion is saving other people’s lives. She is a single mom raising a little boy. In the documentary she speaks frankly about the family tragedy and about her role in a very male dominated environment.
I strongly believe in empowering women by sharing their stories through visual media. I moved to Ireland from Czech Republic in 2004. Since then I haven’t put the camera down, although my original profession is a journalist. I love writing and listening to people’s stories and I believe it reflects in my visual work. Career choice is a complicated process and more than often we are moulded into professions we aren’t really passionate about. Also, very often, we don’t even know what is possible and what we can do. That is why I decided to share stories of women who can inspire young generations.
Beta Bajgart works as a freelance photographer, and she is also an experienced journalist and reporter. Originally from the Czech
Republic, she moved to Ireland in 2004. She lives in Dublin with her Czech husband and two daughters. She is currently contracted as a stills photographer with the Irish TV soap opera Fair City.
Life, Boat, Home is Beta’s third short documentary film. It was commissioned by The Little Museum of Dublin as a part of the exhibition What’s She Doing Here? Women at Work 1918 – 2018. The exhibition was based on Beta’s acclaimed photography book A Woman’s Work which features 53 portraits of women in Ireland working in non-traditional and predominantly male jobs.
Richard Harris International Film Festival - Ireland - 2018
Lady Filmmakers Festival - United States - 2019
Artemis Women in Action Film Festival - United States - 2021