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Our School (Scoala Noastra)

Mona Nicoară & Miruna Coca-Cozma

Documentary - 94' - Romania, Swiss, USA - 2011

Three Roma children from a small Transylvanian town participate in an initiative to integrate the ethnically segregated Romanian schools, struggling against indifference, tradition and bigotry with humor, optimism and sass. Shot over four years, their story touches on issues such as institutionalized racism, public education, and the intractability of poverty, culminating in an outrageous finale that cements the Roma children’s struggle in the annals of egregious human rights violations. An absorbing, infuriating, and ultimately bittersweet story of tradition and progress.