Our School (2011)

Genres - Culture & Society  |   Sub-Genres - Social Issues, Sociology  |   Release Date - Jan 18, 2013 (USA - Limited)  |   Run Time - 95 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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In much of Eastern Europe, Roma ("Gypsy" in American parlance) families have been subjected to institutional racism for generations in terms of housing, employment opportunities and education. In 2006, a group of European educational groups offered funding to thirty Romanian communities in exchange for desegregating their schools to improve opportunities for Roma youth. Filmmakers Mona Nicoara and Miruna Coca-Cozma followed three Roma students -- sharp-tongued eight-year-old Alin Moldovan, thoughtful and soft-spoken twelve-year-old Beniamin Lingurar, and free-spirited sixteen-year-old Dana Vargana -- as they looked forward to a new school and a new and more equal era. What they found was a place where both the students and the faculty looked down on them, they were shunted off into classes away from the non-Roma children, and their opportunities seemed even worse than before. The documentary Our School follows Alin, Beniamin and Dana was they strive to make a future for themselves in the face of prejudice and corruption. Our School was an official selection at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival.

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corruption, desegregation, education, racism, school, student, village