OUR SCHOOL, a film by Mona Nicoara and Miruna Coca-Cozma, at ReRun Theatre
RCINY is pleased to announce that Mona Nicoara and Miruna Coca-Cozma's documentary "Our School" will be presented between January 18-24 at ReRun Theatre in New York.The film is a US, Swiss and Romanian co-production, premiered in the US at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival, went on to over 60 festivals across the globe, enjoying long theatrical runs in Europe.
Alin, Beni, and Dana, three Roma (“Gypsy”) children from a small Transylvanian town participate in a project to desegregate the local school, struggling against indifference, tradition and bigotry with humor, optimism and sass. OUR SCHOOL is a captivating, infuriating, yet often funny story about hope and race.
Awards and nominations
Grand Jury Prize for Best US Feature, Silverdocs 2011
Graine de Cinéphage Award, Films de Femmes Creteil 2012
Best International Feature, Human Rights Arts and Film Festival Australia 2012
Best East European Feature nomination at the Silver Eye Awards 2011
Best Romanian Documentary nomination at the Gopo Awards 2012
Film blog http://ourschoolfilm.blogspot.com/
Praise for Our School
"Exercising admirable restraint in its expose of ingrained racism in the Romanian educational system, absorbing docu OUR SCHOOL follows the sad yet resilient journey of three Roma children over four years as they grapple with prejudice and stereotyping. Unveiled at Tribeca before SilverDocs, where it won the Sterling Award for top nonfiction feature, even-keeled pic carries echoes of Michael Apted's groundbreaking UP series...Credit helmer Mona Nicoara with having the wisdom and fortitude to let the depth of the problem reveal itself naturally, correctly anticipating viewer outrage as the children are marginalized over time." Variety
"Some documentary films take us far away to reveal what we did not know while other documentaries return us home to confront what we already know. OUR SCHOOL does both...Targu-Lapus is far off in the Transylvania Mountains, yet it mirrors what we know about small towns in the Appalachian Mountains. It seems only beauty has diversity; the ugly is the same everywhere—although at the end of this fine documentary, the Romanian community leaders are quite creative in embracing desegregation to perpetuate segregation. Logic has no meaning for those fired by hate and prejudice. OUR SCHOOL is a gentle and smart film." Filmmaker Magazine
Read here the NYTimes Review.