PBS Premiere: July 19, 2011Check the broadcast schedule »

Filmmaker Statement

"I met Luis Soriano when the town of Magdalena paid tribute to him," says director Zipagauta. "When the ceremony was over, I approached him and asked about his work. Luis began telling me about the genesis of his 'biblioburro,' and as he talked passionately, I began seeing the story in images. In other countries, this would be fiction, but in my country, it is a reality. 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, Director