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School Life

David Rane & Neasa Ní Chianáin
99 minutes


A heartfelt and funny film in which two inspiring teachers working at the only boarding school in Ireland for children ages 7 to 12 are followed for a year. Long careers are drawing to a close for John and Amanda, who teach with the mantra: "Reading. 'Rithmetic. Rock 'n' roll!" But leaving is the hardest lesson. A keen-eyed documentary that celebrates contemporary, constructive methods of elementary education.

About the Directors

Neasa Ní Chianáin is an Irish documentary filmmaker. Ní Chianáin studied at the National College of Art and Design in Dublin. She worked as freelance art director on several Irish feature film and television projects, such as All Soul’s Day, Angela’s Ashes and A Love Divided, and also on the BBC TV series Rebel Heart.

Her first documentary was No Man’s Land (2001), about the asylum process in Ireland. In Loco Parentis/School Life premiered at IDFA 2016, and was thereafter invited to Sundance Film Festival 2017, and other international film festivals, at several of which it has won awards. Fairytale of Kathmandu also premiered at IDFA 2007, and was invited to over 30 other international film festivals.

Since 2006, Neasa has been co-director of the Guth Gafa International Documentary Film Festival, Gortahork, County Donegal.

David Rane is a BAFTA-winning producer and director, who over the last 20 years has produced many award-winning documentary films for national and international broadcasters, a number of animated films, and a number of short fiction films.

Post Film Discussions:

Two well known local elementary school teachers, Monique Cadieux and Aaron Senitt, will lead a discussion after the film.


Earlier Event: November 11
Later Event: November 11