Our School is the bittersweet story of three Roma children from a rural Transylvanian village caught up in an initiative to integrate ethnically-segregated Romanian schools.
Shot over four years, the film follows Alin, Benjamin and Dana who begin their journey with high hopes of a better quality of education, and of making new 'non-Roma' friends at the city school. However, these hopes are quickly soured, and their isolation deepened, when they realise their classes will be taught separately and by teachers who begrudge their presence. Despite the institutionalised racism they are met with, the three go about their new school life with defiance, humour and sass.
Miruna Coca-Cozma & Mona Nicoara's film is an elegiac portrait of racism and generational prejudice in Romania, woven with a profound admiration for their characters, and of the indomitable spirit of the Roma people.
Director Mona Nicoara and editor Erin Casper will join us for a post-screening Q&A via Skype.
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"Exercising admirable restraint in its expose of ingrained racism in the Romanian educational system, absorbing documentary OUR SCHOOL carries echoes of Michael Apted's groundbreaking UP series." - Variety
Grand Jury Prize for Best US Feature - Silverdocs 2011