Young Plato

Young Plato

24th TDF: European Premiere

An observational documentary set in post-conflict Belfast’s 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 sometimes challenge the narratives their parents, peers, and socio-economic group would dictate.

Screening Schedule

No physical screenings scheduled.

Available at the Agora Market.

Direction: Neasa Ní Chianáin, Declan McGrath
Script: Neasa Ní Chianáin, Etienne Essery, Declan McGrath
Cinematography: Neasa Ní Chianáin
Editing: Philippe Ravoet
Sound: Reto Stamm, Frédéric Hamelin
Music: David Poltrock
Production: Solisiu Films
Producers: David Rane
Co-production: Aisling Productions, Clin d’Oeil Films, Zadig Productions
Co-producers: Declan McGrath, Hanne Phlypo, Jackie Doyle, Céline Nusse
Format: DCP
Color: Color
Production Country: UK, Ireland, France, Belgium
Production Year: 2021
Duration: 52΄
Contact: Autlook Filmsales

Neasa Ni Chianáin


2003 Gods, Faeries & Misty Mountains (short)
2005 Little soldiers of Irish (short)
2007 Fairytale of Kathmandu
2014 The Stranger
2016 School Life (In Loco Parentis)
2021 Young Plato
2024 The Alexander Complex

Declan McGrath


2018 Lomax in Éirinn
2018 Tír Eoghain: The Unbreakable Bond
2019 Stephen: My Fight for Life
2021 Young Plato