14.03 / 6 p.m. / Horia Bernea Hall, Peasants' Museum

“Our school” follows three Roma children in a rural Transylvanian village 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 sour as they meet with low expectations and further isolation. Shot over a period of four years, the documentary 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.

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The trailer

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