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.
Neasa Ní Chianáin 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 one TV series and nine single docs (4 feature length): ‘Frank Ned & Busy Lizzie’ (2004), ‘Fairytale of Kathmandu’ (2007), ‘The Stranger’ (2014) and ‘School Life’ (2016). Declan McGrath is a producer and director. His filmography includes films as ‘Lomax in Éirinn’ (2018), ‘Tír Eoghain: The Unbreakable Bond’ (2018) and ‘Stephen McCoy: My Fight For Life’ (2019). Declan also directed the series ‘Seinn Liom’ (2014) and ‘Cad É An Scéal’ (2013) for BBCNI. He has worked as an editor for over twenty-five years, and he has taught film in Queens University Belfast, Dundalk Institute of Technology and University College Dublin.