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Young Plato

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Ireland, Belgium, France · 2022
1h 42m
Director Declan McGrath, Neasa Ní Chianáin
Genre Documentary

Mr. McArevey is a visionary headmaster at an all-boys Catholic primary school in one of the toughest neighborhoods of Belfast, Northern Ireland. Determined to turn the fortunes of an inner-city community plagued by sectarian aggression, poverty, and drugs, Mr. McAvery sends the boys home each day with the wisdom of the ancient Greek philosophers to challenge parents and neighbors.

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Screen Daily by Allan Hunter

The bright sparks and troubled souls of the classroom make for lively, sometimes heartrending company in a film that successfully links individual stories to a broader perspective.


The Guardian by Peter Bradshaw

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


Film Threat by Ray Lobo

One wishes that the directors would have devoted more time to his past, how he came to be interested in Philosophy, and how he came to harness it as a tool useful in conflict resolution. Even still, McAverey and his staff’s love for the children comes through clearly.


Movie Nation by Roger Moore

If the Northern Irish are still learning from the ancient Greeks, maybe the rest of us should give them a listen, too.

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