School of Hope is an intimate and charming portrait of optimism in the harshest of environments. In the vast Moroccan desert, seasonal rain and snow once supported livestock, but now the drought seems to never end, yet the children willingly walk for miles to a “school of hope” built of clay. Following the community school for over three years, the film shows the obstacles each child faces – supporting their aging parents; avoiding restrictions from relatives based on traditional gender roles – while their teacher makes do in a house with no electricity or water.
School of Hope conveys the passion and commitment of the Oulad Boukais Tribe in securing academic opportunity for their children, despite the roadblocks of their environment and the apparent indifference of their government.