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also known as Sur le chemin de l'école

On the Way to School2012

  • 4.3
2014 Cesar winner for Best Documentary, ON THE WAY TO SCHOOL interweaves the stories of four children from around the world whose desire to learn and better their lives through education forces them to contend with arduous, often perilous journeys every day on their way to the classroom. These children live thousands of miles apart in Africa, South America, and India but share the same thirst for knowledge. They understand that attending school, every single day, is their only hope for a brighter future, for themselves and their families. Jackson, 11, lives in Kenya. Twice a day he and his younger sister walk 15 kilometers through a savannah populated by wild animals. Carlito, eleven, rides more than 18 kilometers twice a day with his younger sister, across the plains of Argentina, regardless of the weather. Zahira, twelve, lives in the Moroccan Atlas Mountains. An exhausting walk on foot along punishing mountain paths awaits her before she and her two girlfriends can reach their boarding school. Samuel, thirteen, lives in India. The four kilometers he has to travel each day are an ordeal, as he doesn't have the use of his legs. His two younger brothers have to push him all the way to school in a makeshift wheelchair. ON THE WAY TO SCHOOL immerses us in the extraordinary routines of these children, whose sheer will to accomplish their dream leads them onto a path we have all walked, but never quite like this.

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I was looking forward to watching this movie, and the opening scenes were very good. Alas, the subtitles were very small, and impossible to read against a light background. I suppose the subtitles are geared to the big movie screen, but surely somewhere along the line, it must have accured to someone that this movie would be watched on a television. Seems like such a basic assumption!

Well shot and edited. Though there were moments when I questioned the involvement of the filmmakers - places where they forced the story to add "drama" - I was nonetheless pleased with the gentle quality of the film. There should be more like it.