Syria Doc wins Radharc Award
Photographed from left to right is Emily O’Reilly EU Ombusman; Ronan Tynan and Anne Daly of Esperanza Productions; Eileen Good chairperson of the jury and Peter Dunn director of the Radharc Trust
The Radharc Awards recently took place in the Talbot Hotel in Stillorgan. The Awards honour television documentaries addressing national or international topics of social justice, history, morality and faith.
The Awards encourage quality documentary production in Ireland and honour the memory of Fr. Joe Dunn and Radharc’s achievements in religious affairs programmes for Irish television from 1962 to 1997.
The awards were established in 2002 and take place every two years. The keynote address was given by the European Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly.
Miriam Gormally caught up with award winners Ronan Tynan & Anne Daly of Esperanza Productions from Dublin for their documentary, Syria – The Impossible Revolution. It was the first feature length documentary to attempt to unravel and trace the historical roots of the 2011 Syrians peaceful revolution and the very violent response that it received. A brutal response that is still reverberating with over five hundred thousand Syrians dead, half the population forced to flee their homes and almost six million refugees outside the country, many with no chance of returning home.
Anne and Ronan explained why the recognition of the award was important for people trying to bring real understanding to an area that is often poorly or even deliberately misunderstood.