FOMACS wins Audience Prize for Best Irish Short
Documentary

Dublin 17 September: -The Memory Box- - a documentary by FOMACS, the Forum on Migration and Communications at DIT, has won the audience prize for 'Best Irish Documentary Short' at the 'Stranger than Fiction' Film Festival. The announcement was made at the Irish Film Institute yesterday.

Dr. Aine O'Brien, Director of FOMACS, said she was delighted that feedback from the documentary had been so positive. 'The audience award signals a willingness to engage with the issue of family reunification through what we are calling documation. The very high quality of production values was noted, as was the groundbreaking approach in telling a documentary story to a crossover audience. I'd like to congratulate Siobhan Twomey who has put a huge amount of effort and time into this project, and to thank all of our FOMACS partners for their confidence, support and advice throughout the making of this film.'

Please note that 'The Memory Box' was profiled on RTE 2 last Wednesday, 12 September, on News 2Day at 5pm. In the coverage the journalist, Stephen Carroll, introduces the issue of family reunification using the animated story as a backdrop. The camera then goes into an Educate Together classroom to get the children's responses. You can see the clip on the RTE website by clicking on the link below - scroll to 5mins 25 secs on timeline to catch the beginning of the sequence:

http://www.rte.ie/tv/theden/news2day/news2day_20070912_av.html?2287933,null,228

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