The 2008 Radharc Awards were presented at a lunchtime ceremony in The Davenport Hotel on Friday September 26th, hosted by Mary Kennedy.
The Overall Award was presented to Adrian McCarthy of Wildfire Films for AIDS in Africa – A missing generation. This documentary tracks the work of The Rose Project and its founder Mary Donohoe in East Africa, and in Malawi in particular.
The Radharc Awards are presented to the producers of documentaries of outstanding quality which address national or international topics of social justice, morality or faith. They honour the memory of the late Fr Joe Dunn, co-founder of Radharc Films. There is no requirement that the documentary be of any specific religious adherence, but it should portray positive human values and should imply a challenge to the moral conscience of the kind that distinguished many of the Radharc films.
Background to the Radharc Films
The Radharc team was the first independent production unit making television programmes for broadcast on RTE, and made over 400 documentaries in 75 different countries on social and religious issues between 1961 and 1996. Radharc films won numerous national and international awards.
They became ‘part of the fabric of Irish television broadcasting’ and were popular with audiences and critics alike. Production ceased in 1996 following the death of founder-director Fr Joe Dunn. Today the films are stored in the Archives of the Irish Film Institute and RTE.