On The Block is a unique documentary, filmed by the children of the ArkLink Fatima Mansions Film Club, produced for RTÉ by Macalla Teoranta. During the eventful two and a half years filming, their flats get demolished and they move into new houses. These children were given a camera and asked to film themselves. And that’s exactly what they did.
The club was founded by Katie Lincoln and Bernadette Larkin, supported by Anne-Marie Kenny. Over a three year period (2003–2006), the Film Club opened its doors each Saturday morning to children living in Fatima Mansions.
The accumulation of all this work is an award winning documentary that went all over the world.
2007 Prix Danube International Children and Youth Festival prize (documentary programmes category)
Prix Jeunesse Heart Prize 2008
Young People’s category at the Celtic Media Festival
On the Block was screened at INPUT, a major annual public broadcasting conference in Johannesburg, and selected to represent the European Broadcasting Union Children and Youth Group at the EBU Common Focus Day in Lucerne, Switzerland.