Los Preciosos, RTÉ Radio, Doc on One (2010)
Los Preciosos was Jools Gilson’s first radio documentary commissioned and broadcast by RTÉ Radio 1 in 2010. It won the Gold Award for Best Narration at the New York Festivals in 2011. Los Preciosos tells the story of adopting two children from Guatemala by Jools Gilson and her husband Vittorio.
Los Preciosos means ‘the precious ones,’ and this documentary follows the story of years of assessment by domestic social workers, monumental bureaucracy in Ireland, England and Guatemala, and eventually traveling to bring the child home. And then there is another child . . .
There is a twist in the tale of this story of a family of many nationalities – an English mother, an Italian father, two Guatemalan children, all living in rural East Cork. It tells the emotional and practical journey of making an adoptive family.
Compiled, written and narrated by Jools Gilson
Produced by Liam O’Brien
First broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1 Saturday 11th December 2010, 6pm