The Radharc Awards for television documentary films in the tradition of Radharc were presented on Wednesday afternoon 22nd October at a lunch in the Stillorgan Park Hotel Dublin. The guest of honour was the Primate of all Ireland Archbishop Eamon Martin.
The winner of the Radharc Trophy was Ms. Paula Kehoe of Saoi Media for her production of An Dubh ina Gheal (Assimilation) first broadcast in December 2013 on TG4. In this film Louis de Paor weaves a social and personal history about the complex relationship between the indigenous Australians and Irish immigrants who went to live there.
The Highly Commended Award was presented to Ruan Magan of Create One Media, Dublin for his documentary Lifers, which was broadcast on RTÉ 1 in January 2013.The film tells the story of veteran Irish missionaries who spend their lives helping others and perhaps never coming home.
The Commended Award was presented to Gerry Gregg of Praxis Pictures Blackrock Co. Dublin for his film Close to Evil, first broadcast on RTÉ in September 2014. It tells the story of Holocaust victim Tomi Reichental who discovers that one of his jailers is still alive. He sets out to investigate her claim that she is innocent and finds some unexpected results in the course of his investigation.
The Radharc New Media Award for short documentaries was won by Niamh Heery of SwanSong Films North King St. Dublin for her film Harmanli: Trapped on the Fringe of Freedom first screened in the Lighthouse Cinema in June 2014. The film is about Syrian refugees living in a refugee camp in Bulgaria waiting endlessly for news of their refugee status in one of the poorest countries in the European Union.
The Radharc Awards honour the memory of the late Fr Joe Dunn, co-founder of Radharc Films. They are presented to the producers of documentaries of outstanding quality, which address national or international topics of social justice, morality or faith. The documentary can be of any religious adherence, but it should portray positive human values in the course of its report.