Countries: ETHIOPIA, NICARAGUA, PAPUA NEW GUINEA, MONGOLIA, MEXICO
Duration: 5 x 60’, HD
Facing the most extreme conditions – marching, climbing or swimming, these little children fear neither brutal cold nor dangerous terrain. They face wild animals. They climb up mountainous paths, fight their way through icy wastelands or under the merciless sun of the dessert. They persevere through all this with only one goal in sight: a better life. These children have the most spectacular and most dangerous way to school in the world
This series captivates through a unique mixture of breathtaking scenery, enormous struggle and danger coupled with childlike curiosity, happiness and inquisitiveness. Everyday routine meets the spectacular. It goes to the coldest city in the world: Oimjakon, Siberia. Where winter temperatures as low as -75 degrees Celsius make each step a challenge. Next stop the Maasai in the Kenyan savannas, whose way to school is full of fascinating and dangerous wild animals. The series will visit the Peruvian Uvos, who live on man-made islands in Lake Titicaca and must take boats to school. It goes on to the Tibetan.
Plateau, where our youngest inhabitants of the village Kumpur, as they make their way climbing up mountainous trails and crossing the dangerous river Trishuli. In the Ethiopian Danakil dessert where temperatures easily reach 50 degrees Celsius during the day, it follows pupils walking for hours on scorching hot sand in order to reach their school. In Nicaragua the series attends little girls rowing a crumbly canoe all by themselves over the rapid Rio Escondido. Whereas in Papua New Guinea it will take part in the children’s perilous hike through the jungle, that will last several days. Next stop is the Copper Canyon in Mexico, home of the Tarahumara people, whose children barefooted climb 2000 meters difference in altitude only to get to school. Finally, the series stops in Mongolia where it will accompany nomad children riding to school through the bitterly cold vastness of the taiga. The series depicts people who are still living in harmony with their natural surroundings, far from any semblance of civilization. The diversity of wildlife, extreme weather conditions and the geographic uniqueness characterize the lives of the local inhabitants. In the background of these extraordinary ways to school the exceptional landscape sets the stage, telling a story all of its own.