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On the Way to School

February 7, 2015, 10:00 AMFebruary 8, 2015, 10:00 AM

On the Way to School is about young people who live in all four corners of the planet and yet share a thirst for knowledge. Almost instinctively they know that their well being — indeed their survival — depend on knowledge and education. From the dangerous savannahs of Kenya to the winding trails of the Atlas Mountains in Morocco, from the suffocating heat of Southern India to the vast, dizzying plateaus of Patagonia in Argentina, these children are all united by the same quest, the same dream.

Jackson, Zahira, Samuel and Carlito are the heroes of On the Way to School, a film that interweaves the four pupils forced to confront and overcome countless, often dangerous obstacles – enormous distances over treacherous territory, snakes, elephants, even bandits – on their journey to the classroom. By setting foot on their extraordinary path, by embarking on this adventure littered with traps and challenges, they will begin to leave their childhoods behind. Pascal Plisson’s film, winner of the Cesar (French equivalent of the Oscar) for Best Documentary, recounts the journey of initiation into the wider world that will change their lives forever.

In English, Arabic, Spanish, and Hindi with English subtitles. 77 minutes.

Join us Saturday, February 7 for a post-film discussion with Margy Burns Knight, children’s book author and educator.

Admission: $8 ($4 for children 12 and under) or $36 for a series pass good for admission to all six films.

Part of the Cinema Explorations 2015 series.


February 7, 2015, 10:00 AM
February 8, 2015, 10:00 AM


Railroad Square Cinema
17 Railroad Square
Waterville, ME
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