Film screening presented by the UCLA Television and Film Archive's Archive Documentary Spotlight, the UCLA Center for European and Eurasian Studies and UCLA International Institute's Human Rights Film Series, in collaboration with SEE Fest (South East European Film Festival) and the Consulate General of Switzerland in Los Angeles.
In person: filmmaker Mona Nicoara.
Wednesday, April 25, 20127:30 PM
Billy Wilder Theater (Hammer Museum)
10899 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90024
Our School (2011, U.S./Switzerland/Romania)
Dir. Mona Nicoara and Miruna Coca-Cozma
Romanian with English subtitles
This award winning documentary follows three Roma ("Gypsy") children from a Transylvanian village who participate in an initiative to desegregate Romania’s schools. Alin, Benjamin, and Dana set out for the city school, optimistic for education and new friendships, even as funds earmarked for integration are questionably used to build a "Roma-only" school in their village. Their innocent optimism quickly sours when the children encounter baseless ostracism from peers and teachers alike. Their story touches on issues of institutionalized racism, public education, and the intractability of poverty, culminating in a 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, hope and race.
Cost : Free
Sponsor(s): Center for European and Eurasian Studies, Film and Television Archive, South East European Film Festival, Consulate General of Switzerland in Los Angeles