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Our School

Our School
Switzerland, USA
2011
94min
Romanian

Our School follows three Roma children from a small Transylvanian town in Romania who are among the first participants in an initiative to integrate the ethnically segregated Romanian schools. In 2006, Alin, Benjamin, and Dana set out from their dead-end segregated school for the city, optimistic for education and new friendships with Romanians. The children’s hopes and innocent optimism quickly soured as they met with low expectations and further isolation. Shot over four years, this tender vérité portrait fosters an intimacy in the children's profound reality and admiration for their indomitable spirit, which is punctuated by shocking instances of prejudice and ignorance. Their story touches on issues ranging from 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. Our School is an absorbing, infuriating, and ultimately bittersweet story of tradition and progress.

Director: 
Mona Nicoara
Miruna Coca-Cozma
Producer: 
Mona Nicoara
Miruna Coca-Cozma
Editor: 
Erin Casper
Camera: 
Ovidiu Marginean
Sound: 
Miruna Coca-Cozma
Mona Nicoara
Music: 
Sasha Gordon
Production info: 
Mona Nicoara Sat Mic Film 124 First Place Brooklyn NY 11231 U.S.A. tel.: + 1 917 574 2329