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Young Plato
Institute of Contemporary Arts
Young Plato, dirs. Neasa Ní Chainaín & Declan McGrath, Ireland 2021, 102 min., English

Directors Neasa Ní Chaináin (Fairytale of Kathmandu, School Life) and Declan McGrath’s inspiring observational documentary follows a Northern Irish headmaster’s unlikely bid to bring new hope to his primary pupils’ lives – by teaching them Greek philosophy.

The Ardoyne neighbourhood in North Belfast found worldwide infamy for the central role it played in the Troubles during the 1970s and ’80s. Its working class citizens have for generations been marginalised, plagued by poverty, drugs and guns. But Kevin McArevey, the maverick headmaster of Holy Cross Boys’ Primary School in Ardoyne, is on a mission to turn things around through education – not least by teaching his young pupils Greek philosophy and critical thinking in the hope that they might question the mythologies of war and of violence that surround them. Will he succeed?

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