Our School (2013)

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Three Roma children in a small Transylvanian town are among the pioneer participants in an initiative to integrate the ethnically segregated Romanian schools. When their school begins to desegregate, Alin, Benjamin, and Dana set out for the city school, optimistic for education and new friendships, even as funds earmarked for integration are questionably used to renovate the old Roma-only school in their village. (c) Official FB

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Art House & International, Special Interest
Directed By: ,
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Critic Reviews for Our School

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"Our School" observes the feinting of small-town officials in rural Transylvania as they try to duck a mandate to integrate Roma children into the regular school system.

Full Review… | January 17, 2013
New York Times
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Our School does much to establish how that Roma "environment" is reinforced from the outside.

Full Review… | January 15, 2013
Village Voice
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Exercising admirable restraint in its expose of ingrained racism in the Romanian educational system, absorbing docu Our School follows the sad yet resilient journey of three Roma children over four years as they grapple with prejudice and stereotyping.

Full Review… | February 27, 2012
Variety
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Full Review… | January 22, 2013
New York Times
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This documentary unfolds in Romania, but its depiction of multi-generational poverty perpetuated in part by substandard schooling could as easily have been set in dozens of other countries.

Full Review… | January 18, 2013
Film Journal International

The filmmakers spend vastly more time chronicling bigoted remarks from Romanians about gypsy life than they do actual gypsy life, so a minor crisis of perspective hangs over Our School.

Full Review… | January 16, 2013
Slant Magazine

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