Award-winning documentary “Young Plato” will open theatrically next week in New York (Angelika Film Center) and Boston (Dedham Community Theater) on Friday, September 23 with a regional expansion to follow on Friday, September 30 in Washington DC (Anglelika Pop Up), Dallas (Angelika Dallas), San Diego (Angelika Carmel Mountain), Sacramento (Tower Theater), Plano, TX (Angelika Plano), Fairfax, VA (Angelika Mosaic) and more.
Directed by Neasa Ní Chianáín (School Life) and Declan McGrath and from producer David Rane, the film is a winner of nine international and Irish awards, including the Irish Film & Television Academy Award for Best Feature Doc 2022.
Here’s the film’s synopsis:
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 encourages young boys to question the mythologies of war and of violence, and sometimes challenge the narratives their parents, peers and socio-economic group would dictate.