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The Right Focus

What is The Right Focus?

The Right Focus is Trócaire’s new documentary film making programme, exploring global justice issues through the lens of short documentary films. It is aimed at young people in Post Primary schools and Youth Groups throughout Ireland who have a passion for global justice, are interested in documentary film making, and want to make a difference.

Documentary film making is one of the most powerful ways to raise awareness and communicate with a wide audience on global justice issues, to bring these injustices front and centre in people’s minds, and hopefully inspire them to take action, and make a difference. All you need is a passion about a global justice issue, a smart phone, and the techniques you will gain through the programme.

The Right Focus Pilot Programme

In 2021/22, Trócaire ran a pilot programme of The Right Focus with a small number of schools from the north and south of Ireland. Eight documentaries from five schools were shortlisted to be screened at our celebration event in the Lighthouse Cinema, Smithfield, Dublin in May 2022. An audience of over 150 students, teachers and guests attended the screening, and voted for their favourite documentary in the People’s Choice Award. The winning documentary, called ‘Stand Up!’ came from St. Dominic’s Grammar School, Belfast.


The Right Focus 2023

Post Primary schools and Youth Groups can sign up for The Right Focus 2023 here. After you have registered, a member of the Development Education team will follow up with you to arrange a workshop with your students/young people and discuss the next steps. Schools/groups can register at any time during the year, up to the beginning of March. Key dates for the programme are as follows:

  • The Right Focus Online Launch – Wednesday 19th October 2023
  • Student/youth group workshops Register here – October to March
  • Deadline for submitting completed documentaries – Friday 31st March
  • Shortlisted documentaries announced – Monday 24th April
  • Final celebration event – Monday 22nd May

Details of how to submit entries will be provided to all schools/youth groups after registration.

If you have any questions, please get in contact with us at [email protected]

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