Young Plato

102 min | Ireland,Belgium,France | 2021


A Primary School in Belfast’s Ardoyne housing estates invokes the wisdom of the ancient Greek philosophers to fight poverty, drug dealers and the IRA – restoring hope in the heart of a battered community. 

Director: Declan McGrath, Neasa Ní Chianáín

Declan McGrath is a producer and director who has worked as an editor for over twenty-five years, cutting numerous award-winning dramas and documentaries. He has taught film in Queens University Belfast, Dundalk Institute of Technology and University College Dublin and has written two books on the craft of cinema and regularly contributes to the American film journal Cineaste.

Neasa Ní Chianáín, director, is one of Ireland's most established documentary talents. Neasa trained at the National College of Art & Design in Dublin, and worked as a freelance Art Director on Irish feature film and television projects, before switching to docs in 2001. She has directed 9 single docs (4 feature length) and one tv series. Her last film, 'In Loco Parentis' (aka 'School Life'), has been a world-wide success, premiering in competition at both IDFA 2016 and Sundance 2017.

Writers: Neasa Ní Chianáin, Declan McGrath, Etienne Essery | Producers: David Rane | Editing: Philippe Ravoet | DOP: Neasa Ní Chianáin | Sound: Reto Stamm, Frédéric Hamelin | Music: David Poltrock | Language: English | Subtitles: Arabic