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IRFF22: Young Plato

PG 102 MIN

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Synopsis

In Belfast’s Ardoyne housing estates, a maverick Elvis-loving primary school headmaster invokes the wisdom of the ancient Greek philosophers to restore hope in the heart of a battered community. Kevin McArevey is determined to change fortunes of an inner-city community plagued by urban decay, sectarian aggression, drugs and poverty. McArevey and his dedicated team illustrate how philosophy can encourage children to question the mythologies of war and violence and challenge the narratives of their families, peers and socio-economic status. Young Plato is an open and warm-hearted documentary about teaching children to live beyond the boundaries and limitations imposed on us.

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Awards

WINNER – Human Rights Film Award, Dublin International Film Festival 2022

WINNER – Social Impact Award, Greenwich International Film Festival 2022

WINNER – Best Feature Documentary, Irish Film and Television Awards 2022

Reviews

"The school is no more dysfunctional than any other institution and a lot more intelligent and self-questioning than many. A very engaging film."

- Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian


"Encouraging children to avoid conflict has a particular relevance in Belfast of course, but I’d be happy to see McArevey’s methods used in schools everywhere."

- Edward Porter, Sunday Times


Movie Information

Release date

Thursday 25th August
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Duration

102 min

Rating

PG

Cast

Kevin McArevey, Jan-Marie Reel

Director

Declan McGrath, Neasa Ní Chianáin

Genre

Film Festival

Participating Cinemas

Palace Barracks, Chauvel Cinema, Palace Electric, Kino Cinema, Palace Raine Square



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