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Biblioburro: The Donkey Library

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PBS Premiere: July 19, 2011


Biblioburro is the story of a librarian — and a library — like no other. A decade ago, Colombian grade-school teacher Luis Soriano was inspired to spend his weekends bringing a modest collection of precious books, via two hard-working donkeys, to the children of Magdalena Province’s poor and violence-ridden interior. As Soriano braves armed bands, drug traffickers, snakes and heat, his library on hooves carries an inspirational message about education and a better future for Colombia. His simple yet extraordinary effort has attracted worldwide attention — and imitators — but his story has never been better told than in this heartwarming yet unsentimental film. A co-presentation with Latino Public Broadcasting. (60 minutes)

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TAGS: bookmobile, books, colombia, donkey, education, latin america, librarian, library, reading, south america

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Film Information

Biblioburro: The Donkey Library (60 min.)

Premiere Date: July 19, 2011

Streaming Dates: Expired

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Trailer: Link | Embed

Filmmaker: Carlos Rendón Zipagauta Bio | Statement

Press: Press Release | Critical Acclaim


Carlos Rendón Zipagauta
Carlos Rendón Zipagauta

I thought this would be a magnificent story to tell, for what it says about human goodness and inventiveness and for what it reveals about the dignity of the Colombian people, especially the poorest among them.”

— Carlos Rendón Zipagauta, Filmmaker


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Critical Acclaim

Mr. Soriano has never traveled outside Colombia — but he remains dedicated to bringing its people a touch of the outside world.”

— Simon Romero,
The New York Times

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