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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


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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.

January 17, 2013 | Rating: 5/5
New York Times
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Our School does much to establish how that Roma "environment" is reinforced from the outside.

January 15, 2013 | Full Review…
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.

February 27, 2012 | Full Review…
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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.

January 18, 2013 | Full Review…
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.

January 16, 2013 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
Slant Magazine

Many of the comments that come out of the teachers and other townspeople's mouths would be downright shocking if they didn't sound like things I've heard in so many American civil rights docs.

March 5, 2012 | Full Review…

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