“Daughters of the Troubles: Belfast Stories,” the story of two working-class women told against the backdrop of Belfast’s violence, won a top prize at the 23rd annual American Women in Radio and Television Awards on Monday at the Lincoln Center in Manhattan.
The documentary, which won the prestigious Gracie Allen Award, was produced and directed by Marcia Rock, a professor of broadcast journalism at New York University. It was co-written by Rock and Jack Holland, a Belfast-born journalist with the Irish Echo who specializes in covering Northern Ireland. Holland also teaches journalism at NYU. The narrator of the documentary was the actress Anjelica Huston.
“Daughters of the Troubles” won the top local market documentary award and was also chosen as one of 10 grand award winners. The winners were chosen from 68 entries.
The two women featured in the documentary, one Catholic, one Protestant, were forced by political and social upheaval to transcend the traditional roles of women assigned to them by a conservative and segregated society.
“Daughters of the Troubles” was shown on WNET last year. For those who missed it, there will be a screening on Wednesday, May 6, at 8 p.m. in in Rocky Sullivan’s, Lexington Avenue, between 28th and 29th Streets in Manhattan, where there will be an opportunity to meet the filmmakers.