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On The Way To School (2013/Icarus DVD)

Picture: C+ Sound: C+ Extras: D Film: C+

All around the globe, children attend school regardless of race, religion, age or gender ...from the savannas of Kenya, to the mountains of Morocco to the plateau of Patagonia. Every day there are children who walk 10, 20 or more miles day or more just to get to school. For the thirst for education and knowledge, they are willing to risk life and limb daily against mother nature and other dangers because education will be the key to their future, as explored in Pascal Pisson's On The Way To School (2013).

Everyday in third world countries (labeled as 'emerging markets' controversially), there are kids who look forward to going to school and they feel they even lucky to have and education. To get to school, everyday they are willing to travel miles over harsh and dangerous territories, face animals, lions, elephants and cross mountains to just make it to the classroom. They are willing to go so far for education because they know it is the only thing that will lead them to a better life. These kids and their families live far removed from civilization, most of their families are too poor to even send them to school, and yet they still find a way. With education comes the hope of one day moving closer to the city and civilization ...and one day to their dreams.

A lot of kids in America take school for granted, most kids would cheer when they find out they have a snow-day or find out they don't have to go to school that day, but the ability to read and learn' can you imagine where YOU would be if you couldn't read or write or never went to school? What sort of life (much less a job) would you have? Watching this film you see kids who consider it a blessing and themselves fortunate to have a school to go to ...and you have to wonder, how lucky was your life compared to those kids?

The anamorphically enhanced 1.85 X 1 and lossy Dolby Digital are as good as they're going to get for this format, but they're watchable enough, but there are no extras. If it sounds like your kind of film, see it!

- Ricky Chiang


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