The Radharc Trust presents Awards at the Annual Fresh Film Festival for young film-makers who present documentaries and heritage films that reflect the ethos of the original Radharc films. The prize-giving ceremony was held in the Odeon Cinema Castletroy on the 27th and 28th March. 2019.
The Radharc Trust Trophy Award for Documentary was presented to students from Mount Mercy College, Cork for their film ‘MOTHER NATURE KNOWS BREAST’.
The students investigated why Ireland has the lowest rate of breastfeeding in Europe. Senior medical personnel were interviewed and they explained how breast milk is far superior to formula and has several qualities that protect the infant from a range of illnesses common in early childhood and helps to build up their immune system. A strong emotional bond is also generated between the mother and the baby. The multinational companies actively promoting the formula milk were criticised for the harm they were doing by ignoring the positive values of breast milk. The citation for the award noted the excellent production values in sound, editing and photography in the film but especially the careful and critical research into a rarely looked-at topic which juxtaposes the health of our nation with the economic interests of the powerful agri-business sector.
The Radharc Trust Junior Award for Documentary was presented to students from Cappabue National School county Cork for their film ‘A BLAST FROM THE PAST’.
The judges gave the award for the engaging adult stories of nostalgic memories of their families and friends. These were enhanced by the creative drawings of the young students.