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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

Festivals

DOC NYC 2021

 

Film Details

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

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