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In 1988, 9 year old Manrique “Chano” Soriano, along with his brothers and sisters, had come back to El Espino to go to school. They walked seven and a half kilometers to get to school, across wilderness and waste, around land mines of different sorts placed there by both sides in the war. They then took three hours of lessons and walked the same seven and half kilometers on the return. Tomorrow they would do it again. Why did they do it, facing such danger? Why would a father let them do it? Chano went because it was important to his father. His father said, “We have no idea when the war will end, but when it does the children will need a better life, and they will not get it as illiterates.”
After rebuilding their school, Dicxon Valderruten revisits El Espino after 22 years.
This documentary visits the family decades later to get an inside perspective of their life and a chance to share their story. It's about following through with your dreams, about the courage and responsibility that a child was forced to have. It's about family bonds and reflection on a revolution.
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