Radharc Siar

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Saturday 14th April, 1-4pM

The New Theatre, 43 East Essex Street, Dublin 2.

Admission Free. Donations Welcome!

Looking back on 35 years of progressive documentaries by the Radharc team. We proudly present a selection of six films from the 400 made in seventy-five countries

Films courtesy of the Radharc Trust – www.radharcfilms.com


1pm – Down and Out in Dublin (1964)

Condemned by the righteous, watched by police, surveyed by sociologists, they are called many names: tramps, vagrants, beggars. Everyone knows them to see, but few know them to talk to. The film reveals the personalities behind the rags and records the experience of the down and out in Dublin.

1:20pm – Messing with the Kids (1977)

The Irish pop industry and the pressures created by a huge investment in time, talent, and money. Prominently featured are Rory Gallagher, Joe Dolan, and the mother of Ian Mitchell, the sixteenyear-old who was forced to leave the Bay City
Rollers because he couldn’t stand the pressures of fame.

1:50pm – The Irish Coffee Brigade (1988)

Thirty-five young Irish men and women spent six weeks in Nicaragua picking coffee and learning at first hand about the country and its problems. In this film Radharc chronicled the fun, the hardship, the boredom, and the excitement.

2:35pm – The Black Holocaust (1992)

Between 1510 and 1800 it is estimated that 11 million slaves were shipped to the “New World” from Africa; 20 per cent died during the journey. Another 30 per cent died in the course of being broken in to slavery, a cruel process euphemistically called “seasoning.” Today 60 per cent of Brazilians have African ancestry, yet they are still treated as socially inferior by Brazilians of European origin.

3:05pm – The Reluctant Revolutionaries (1987)

In 1987 the Philippine military estimated that the strength of the New People’s Army had reached a record number of 244,330. Radharc filmed in the guerrilla-controlled territory of Central Negros, looking at what drove a variety of people – including a number of Catholic priests – to join the largest guerrilla army in the world.

4:05pm – The Exemplary Revolution (1980)

This remarkable film traces events in Nicaragua and describes how the aggressive Somoza regime was finally overthrown in a revolution that had strong support from many Catholic Church personnel.

About Radharc

Radharc Films, founded by Fr. Joe Dunn, was the first independent production company making documentaries for Irish television. Between 1962 and 1967, The 12th of January 2012 marked the 50th anniversary of the screening of the first programme on Telefis Eireann, 12 days after the station opened.

There are a number of events planned throughout the year to celebrate this event. Radharc produced over 400 documentaries in 75 countries on a range of social, political and religious issues. The function of the Radharc Trust is to preserve and promote the archive . It achieves this in a number of ways:

  • By accurately cataloguing all the elements of the Archive – research documentation, film material, shot lists, still photography and other items connected with each film.
  • By promoting screenings of the films at film festivals, community events and historical societies.
  • By presenting awards to professional, amateur and junior documentary makers for quality documentaries made in the tradition and ethos of the Radharc films.
  • By supporting media literacy projects.
  • By initiating and encouraging discussion and debate on social and moral issues of the day