French Film Features an Eleven Year Old Kenyan

On the way to school, Sur le chemin de l’école, Auf dem Weg zur Schule
Jackson with his sister running to school.

Do you remember your way to school? What did you see on your way, what did you encounter?

A new film by the french film director, Pascal Plisson, will be following four children and covering their pursuit of education. The film that features children namely: Jackson (11) from the savannahs of Kenya, Zahira (12) from the trails of the Atlas mountains in Morocco, Samuel (13) from Southern India and Carlito (11) from the plateaux of Patagonia in Argentinia.

The trailer below shows part of what the film is about.

I found the Kenyan story a bit too dramatic with the lions roaring in the background. It might be for dramatic effect but I don’t buy it. It’s known that the Maasai who do live in areas with wild animals use herbs that prevent the carnivores from “smelling” their presence, ama?

The movie transcript:

From the savannahs of Kenya to the winding trails of the Atlas mountains in Morocco, from the heat of Southern India to the vast plateaus of Patagonia, On the Way to School follows Jackson, Zahira, Samuel and Carlito, four children united in their yearning to learn. Like millions of others worldwide, their quest for education and dreams of escaping the traps of poverty, ignorance or loneliness lead them to confront and overcome countless and often dangerous obstacles on their daily journeys to school. By embarking on this adventure littered with traps and challenges, they will begin to leave their childhoods behind.


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