Documentary About Romanian School Segregation to be Screened

January 3, 2012 – Dutchess Community College will host a screening of the documentary film “Our School,” which focuses on the struggle of three minority children to desegregate their Romanian school. It will take place Jan. 10 from 2-4 p.m. in room 122 of Bowne Hall, on DCC’s Poughkeepsie campus. It is free and open to the public, and will include a discussion with film director and producer Mona Nicoara.

The film was an official selection of many 2011 film festivals, including Tribeca, Silverdocs, One World, Visions Du Reel and more.

The documentary follows three children who traveled from their segregated school to a neighboring city in hopes of a better education and new friendships with local Romanians. Their expectations quickly dissipated when they were met with stereotypes and low expectations for Roma people, often referred to as gypsies.

Nicoara began working on the film in 2005 after she realized that the segregation and persecution of Roma students she had witnessed as a child still was widespread years later, when she began looking at schools for her own children.

For more information on the screening, contact Dr. Lucia Cherciu, associate professor of English, at (845) 431-8431 . Visit www.ourschoolfilm.com for more about “Our School.”

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