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Award winning filmmakers Anne Daly and Ronan Tynan, Esperanza Productions’ co-founders, have kept a singular, almost unconscious focus in all of their documentaries on those who have made a difference for others, especially in defending human rights.  DROPPING THE NUMBER 10 FOR DILI, the story of the brutal Indonesian occupation of East Timor, and how an Irish bus driver Tom Hyland, became an internationally effective campaigner on the issue; to WHERE 2+2=5, filmed in the favellas of Sao Paulo, Brazil about how Pat Clarke set up an arts project, and transformed the lives of children involved in drugs and gang violence, demonstrates the consistent theme of their output.    RACE TO THE BOTTOM filmed in the sweat shops in Bangladesh’s textile industry, and Derry in Northern Ireland, and which sought to show how that industry migrated from the so called Developed to the Developing World. Inspired by a factory fire in Dhaka, in which almost fifty women and girls were burnt to death because they had been locked into the factory, that film illustrated in a compelling way just how cruel and dangerous, exploitation can be in the burgeoning garments business.

“We like to make documentaries with people rather than about them, especially those seeking to make the world better for themselves and others.”

ANNE DALY 

Anne Daly began her career covering the Developing World as a broadcast journalist, winning a number of awards for her reporting.  Anne co-founded Esperanza Productions with Ronan Tynan during the genocide in Rwanda, and their first documentary together was RWANDA, NO JUSTICE, NO FUTURE.  A consistent interest in the Developing World, has informed her output over the years, especially stories about people, often at great cost to themselves, seeking to stand up for others. DROPPING THE NUMBER 10 FOR DILI, an Esperanza co-production with RPT, Portuguese National Television, and filmed in East Timor, Portugal, the UK and Ireland is a good example.   Anne won the Television Journalist of the Year Award 1999/2000 for that documentary, with Ronan Tynan.  Social documentary has been a great interest over the years. Anne’s first social documentary about the struggles of parents with children with severe learning disabilities – WHEN HAPPINESS IS A PLACE FOR YOUR CHILD – won a National TV Broadcasting Award.

RONAN TYNAN

Ronan Tynan became very interested in the Developing World through his campaigning work in human rights. Ronan co-founded Esperanza Productions with Anne Daly during the genocide in Rwanda, and their first documentary together was RWANDA, NO JUSTICE, NO FUTURE.  A consistent interest in the Developing World, has informed his output over the years, especially stories about people, often at great cost to themselves, seeking to stand up for others. DROPPING THE NUMBER 10 FOR DILI, an Esperanza co-production with RPT, Portuguese National Television, and filmed in East Timor, Portugal, the UK and Ireland is a good example.   Ronan won the Television Journalist of the Year Award 1999/2000 for that documentary, with Anne Daly.  He also co-produced and directed with Anne, the award winning WHEN HAPPINESS IS A PLACE FOR YOUR CHILD.

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