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Film: On the Way to School

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Pascale Plisson’s César-winning documentary explores the countless, often dangerous obstacles – enormous distances over treacherous territory, snakes, elephants, even bandits – that four young people from four corners of the globe face as part of their daily journeys to school.  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. Shot in Kenya, Patagonia, Morocco, and the Bay of Bengal, the film follows Jackson, who  crosses the savannah on foot, avoiding elephants; Carlito who travels on horseback across lonely plains and rushing rivers; Zahira's 22km trek over treacherous Atlas Mountain passes; and Samuel, in his broken-down wheelchair, who's pushed by his brothers over sand dunes and through swamps. While the breathtaking cinematography reveals the splendor of their homelands, and the dangers of these voyages keep you on the edge of your seat, at the heart is the children’s resilience and their unstoppable yearning to learn and improve their lives.  (France; 77 mins.)

Sponsored by The World Affairs Council of Oregon, the Consulate General of France and French American Cultural Society, San Francisco, and TV5Monde.

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$12  General; $11 WAC/Portland Art Museum members & Seniors

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