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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