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Biblioburro: The Donkey Library: Discussion Guide

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Biblioburro: The Donkey Library is the story of a librarian — and a library — like no other. A decade ago, Colombian grade-school teacher Luis Soriano, from the rural village of la Gloria, was inspired to begin spending 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 in Colombia. 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. As an outreach tool, the film will effectively engage people in questions about education as a basic human right and who should take responsibility for ensuring that the world’s children gain the power of literacy.

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Film Information

Biblioburro: The Donkey Library (60 min.)

Premiere Date: July 19, 2011

Streaming Dates: Expired

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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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