Photo: El BiblioBurro
Tune in to local PBS tonight at 10pm for a special airing of the incredibly heartwarming “Biblioburro: The Donkey Library.”
The documentary tells the story of Luis Soriano, a humble man from La Gloria in northern Colombia who armed with two donkeys—Alpha and Beto, and a bunch of books, spends his weekends taking literature and reading materials to children in some of the poorest arias, plagued also by armed guerrillas and corrupted bureaucrats.
“Biblioburro provides a bracingly up-close sense of the determination and hard work required to saddle up each Saturday in the early morning darkness, and the sheer nerve and patience — not always expressed quietly by man or donkey — needed to brave Colombia’s poor and violence-torn hinterlands. Why would a man, and his family, persist in bearing such a burden? It soon becomes clear that Soriano is bringing more than books to the education-starved children of northern Colombia. He is bringing a gospel of education as the way the members of the next generation can transform their troubled country and their lives.”
If you miss it tonight, be sure to watch it online at the PBS website, from July 20, to September 18.