Critics Say ‘Biblioburro’ Makes the Grade: Tune in Tonight!

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Biblioburro: The Donkey Library is the story of a unique librarian–and his library. Ten years 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.

Biblioburro premieres tonight on PBS. Check local listings.

In 2010, Mr. Soriano was selected as a CNN 2010 Hero of the Year in the “Championing Children” category. Watch the video below:



Here is what some journalists have to say about the film and Mr. Soriano.

Simon Romero of The New York Times says,”Mr. Soriano has never traveled outside Colombia — but he remains dedicated to bringing its people a touch of the outside world.

Director Carlos Rendón Zipagauta brings you into a world that is marred by violence, poverty and crime, revealing that even in such darkness, there is still a light guiding the next generation into believing such a world can evolve into a better place,” says Joanne Thornborough, of The Daily Journal.

Robert Walsh of Deseret News says, “This award-winning film has all the elements that make the viewer care. . . . It’s a quest that will resonate.

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Alva French
Alva French
Alva French is a freelance multimedia journalist and was a POV Digital intern in Summer 2011. She has been blogging on French and Francophone music, politics and culture since 2007 and is an aspiring documentary filmmaker. Alva is currently an M.A. candidate in International Reporting at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.