Sunday, January 24, 2016

On the Way to School - Movie

On the Way to School
A film by Pascal Plisson
Available on Netflix
Rated G; 1 hour and 17 minutes

We often forget how lucky we are to go to school.

This documentary follows the paths to school for four children. In the photo above, you see Samuel from India whose brothers push and pull his wheelchair over two miles every day to arrive at school. Zahira walks 4 hours every Monday in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco to spend a week at a boarding school. Jackson and Salome walk 15 kilometers through the wilderness of Kenya. They wake up at 5;30 and work hard to avoid elephants along the way. Carlito rides a horse through the hilly countryside of Patagonia, sometimes on narrow and dangerous paths.

This is not a perfect movie. Jordan Mintzer, in a review from The Hollywood Reporter, points out some flaws. But I think you will still come away inspired by the efforts of these students to obtain an education. I suspect it will also make you reflect on your own experiences with our educational system.

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