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  • Summary: Three Roma (or Gypsy) children - Alin, Benjamin, and Dana - participate in an initiative to desegregate the Romanian school system. Filmed over four years, their journey from a rural Transylvanian village to the city school highlights the difficulty in overcoming institutionalized racism,Three Roma (or Gypsy) children - Alin, Benjamin, and Dana - participate in an initiative to desegregate the Romanian school system. Filmed over four years, their journey from a rural Transylvanian village to the city school highlights the difficulty in overcoming institutionalized racism, shocking ignorance, and poverty.
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  1. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Jan 17, 2013
    90
    Discrimination against nomadic populations is hardly restricted to Romania, but the integration of that country's largest ethnic minority seems particularly pressing. If only that view were shared by the Romanian adults on screen, most of whom display a shocking degree of prejudice.
  2. Reviewed by: Eddie Cockrell
    Jan 16, 2013
    80
    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.
  3. Reviewed by: Nick Pinkerton
    Jan 16, 2013
    70
    Despite the efforts of many interviewees to seem broad-minded, Nicoara has a knack for ferreting out moments that reveal actual Romanian attitudes.
  4. Reviewed by: Steve Macfarlane
    Jan 16, 2013
    63
    The filmmakers spend vastly more time chronicling bigoted remarks from Romanians about gypsy life than they do actual gypsy life, so a minor crisis of perspective hangs over Our School.