Young PlatoNeasa Ni Chianain, Declan McGrath
Holy Cross Boys Primary School is located in the heart of Ardoyne, a residential area of Belfast with a somewhat dodgy reputation. Drugs, crime and relentless sectarian violence manifest themselves in the knife, gun, and petrol bomb - certainly not a place to raise children. Yet eccentric school principal Kevin McArevey and his dedicated, visionary team are convinced they can turn the tide with… philosophy! Armed with the wisdom of the old masters, the children question their parents' entrenched prejudices.
This inspiring documentary by the filmmakers of DOCVILLE laureate School Life focuses on an exceptional educational project. This time, they portray the dream of Elvis-crazed, outrageous school principal Kevin McArevey and his dedicated, visionary team. They are determined to reverse the fate of the residents of Ardoyne, a Belfast residential area plagued by drugs, crime and sectarian violence. Holy Cross Boys Primary School is a hotbed of prejudice and riots of violence, which the determined principal takes on with… philosophy! Armed with the wisdom of the old masters, he sends his students home every day to question the prejudices of their neighbors and their parents. A beautiful story of hope and forgiveness.
In collaboration with KU Leuven.
Directed by Neasa Ni Chianain, Declan McGrath
2021 102 min.
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