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.

  


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Focus on Philosophy

Is there a word that conveys a more beautiful ambition than the word philosophy? The desire of wisdom. Philosophy is the comprehensive study of the meaning of the most universal aspects of existence and of the validity of our thinking about them. Forget the cliche of abstract topics for crusty professors. These questions have a real link to our daily lives, now and in the future. Leave it to DOCVILLE to find special documentaries about philosophy that will leave you feeling inspired.



Philosophy Education

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The screening on 24.03 is followed by a Q&A with the director.
On 27.03 there is simultaneously a children's workshop philosophizing with children (in Dutch).

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Directed by Neasa Ni Chianain, Declan McGrath
Ireland
2021 102 min.
English
Subtitles: Dutch


Programme

Focus on Philosophy

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Director

Neasa Ni Chianain, Declan McGrath

Producer

David Rane, Hanne Phlypo, Céline Nusse

Production company

Soil Siu Films, Clin D'Oeil Films

Cinematography

Neasa Ni Chianain

Editing

Philippe Ravoet

Music

David Poltrock

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