A Leap Of Faith

  • 1995
  • 1 HR 26 MIN
  • NR
  • Documentary

To call this earnest documentary about the first year of a primary school in Belfast amateurish isn't entirely a criticism -- its utterly artless, unstudied air may be the best thing about it. First-time filmmakers Jenifer McShane and Tricia Regan, both Americans, take on the very big subject of the Irish Troubles through the very small prism of Cranmore...read more

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To call this earnest documentary about the first year of a primary school in Belfast amateurish isn't entirely a criticism -- its utterly artless, unstudied air may be the best thing about it. First-time filmmakers Jenifer McShane and Tricia Regan, both Americans,

take on the very big subject of the Irish Troubles through the very small prism of Cranmore Integrated Primary School-- integrated in this case having nothing to do with race and everything to do with religion. At the film's center is Helen Farrimond -- an educator whose common sense and

dedication to teaching is evident in her every word and action, and the driving force behind Cranmore -- but she s surrounded by a gallery of parents, teachers, children and representatives of the political factions dedicated to pitting Catholics and Protestants against one another from the cradle

to the often-premature grave. It's one of the film's quiet ironies that some of the most hateful and divisive rhetoric comes from the lips of a Catholic priest and a Protestant minister. Liam Neeson narrates, his voice-over placing the Cranmore School story in the larger context of 20th-century

Irish history. It would be hard to imagine a better illustration of the slogan "Think globally, but act locally."

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  • Released: 1995
  • Rating: NR
  • Review: To call this earnest documentary about the first year of a primary school in Belfast amateurish isn't entirely a criticism -- its utterly artless, unstudied air may be the best thing about it. First-time filmmakers Jenifer McShane and Tricia Regan, both Am… (more)

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