Young Plato

dir. Neasa Ní Chianáin, Declan McGrath 2021 Ireland, UK, 102 min.
2021 – DOC NYC, New York; 2021 – Dublin IFF
Belfast’s district of Ardoyne. This film charts the dream of Headmaster Kevin McArevey and his dedicated visionary team, illustrating how critical thinking can empower children

An observational documentary set in post-conflict Belfast’s district of Ardoyne, where a marginalized, working class community has for generations been plagued by poverty, drugs and guns. This film charts the dream of Headmaster Kevin McArevey and his dedicated visionary team, illustrating how critical thinking and pastoral care can empower and encourage children to see beyond the boundaries and limitations of their own community. We see how philosophy can encourage them to question the mythologies of war and of violence, and challenge the narratives of their community.

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