'Young Plato' is a fascinating, sometimes funny and often touching film. It’s easy to see why the directors were drawn to McArevey and his school.
NO LONGER PLAYING
YOUNG PLATO charts the dream of Elvis-loving school headmaster Kevin McArevey – a maverick who is determined to change the fortunes of an inner-city community plagued by urban decay, sectarian aggression, poverty and drugs. The all-boys primary school in post-conflict Belfast, Northern Ireland, becomes a hot house for thinking and questioning, as the headmaster encourages the children to see beyond the boundaries and limitations of their community, and sends his young wards home each day armed with the wisdom of the ancient Greek philosophers. The boys challenge their parents and neighbors to find alternatives to violence and prejudice, and to challenge the mythologies of war. YOUNG PLATO is full of Belfast humour and hums with the confidence of youth, a tribute to the power of the possible.
Neasa Ní Chainaín
Monica Film Center 10.07.22 - 10.13.22