On the Way to School

2015 • 77 minutes
37 reviews
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2014 Cesar winner for Best Documentary. They live in all four corners of the planet and share a thirst for knowledge. Almost instinctively they know that their wellbeing, 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 plateaux of Patagonia, 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.
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Ryan Tindale
September 27, 2016
Great film! I'm a grade 6 teacher and I've kept this film for writing units with 4 different classes. We watch the film and students take notes on the 4 different 10-11 year old's. At the end, they write a short journal entry on which of the 4 they connected with the most and why. Kids love it and it brings an authentic appreciation to the journey to school. -- Ryan teachingsmarter.wix.com/home
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Alicia Wong
May 14, 2017
Cried during this documentary. I loved the touching depiction of how much the students wanted an education, and did everything they could to get it.
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