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YOUNG PLATO

Neasa Ni Chianain & Declan McGrath
NIR IRL FR BE 2021    52' 102'
⚬ Human Interest ⚬ Kids & Youth ⚬ Society 

Synopsis

An inspiring documentary from the filmmakers of School Life, YOUNG PLATO charts the dream of Elvis loving, maverick school Headmaster Kevin McArevey and his dedicated, visionary team who are determined to turn the fortunes of an inner-city community plagued by urban decay, sectarian aggression, poverty and drugs. The all-boys primary school in post-conflict Belfast’s Ardoyne, Northern Ireland, becomes a hot-house for questioning violence, as the determined headmaster sends his young wards home each day armed with the wisdom of the ancient Greek philosophers. The boys challenge their parents and neighbors to forsake the prejudice that has kept this low-level civil war on the boil for decades. YOUNG PLATO hums with the confidence of youth, a tribute to the power of the possible.

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Director

Neasa Ní Chianáin, Declan McGrath

Producer

David Rane

Co-Producers

Hanne Phlypo, Jackie Doyle, Céline Nusse, Declan Mc Grath

Production Company

Soilsiu Films

Co-Production Companies

Aisling Productions, Clin d’Oeil Films, Zadig Productions

In collaboration with

RTE, BBC UK, ARTE, Al Jazeera Documentary, RTS, RTBF, VPRO, VRT Canvas, YLE

Cinematography

Neasa Ní Chianáin

Writers

Neasa Ní Chianáin, Etienne Essery, Declan McGrath

Editor

Philippe Ravoet

Music

David Poltrock

Sound

Reto Stamm, Frédéric Hamelin

Awards

ICCL Human Rights on Film Award

Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival 2022

Best Feature Documentary

IFTA Irish Film & Television Academy Awards 2022

Special Jury Award

Thessaloniki DFF 2022

Regional Jury Award

One World IFF 2022

Honorable Mention Documentary

Greenwich International Film Festival 2022

Zwierciadło Award Best Film on Psychology

Millennium Docs Against Gravity 2022

Lower Silesia Grand Prix Award

Millennium Docs Against Gravity 2022

Through the Generations Award

DocEdge 2022

Special Mention

Encounters IDF 2022

 

Festivals

DOC NYC 2021

Thessaloniki Documentary FF 2022

CPH:DOX 2022

Cleveland IFF 2022

Seattle IFF 2022

One World IFF 2022

Doc Aviv 2022

DOK.Fest München 2022

Docs Against Gravity 2022

Sydney FF 2022

Biografilm 2022

 

Film Details

Runtimes 52' 102'
Spoken Languages English
Production Countries Northern Ireland, Ireland, France, Belgium

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