Big dreams and bobsled teams

When an enthusiastic group of kids from the tiny village of Arroyo Seco arrived at our cinema yesterday, they were welcomed with fresh-picked plums, courtesy of our guest speaker, Juan Antonio Rubio. As he went on to tell them, Juan Antonio also comes from a small town and a humble background but through extensive study and hard work has achieved his goal of becoming a judge. Now, he’s paying it forward, writing manuals to teach others, training policeman, and participating in our Cinema & Community program. As he explained to the kids, “If you have knowledge, share it; if you have a tree full of plums, share them! You have to give to receive.” He encouraged everyone in the audience to chase their dreams and to never let anyone tell them that something is out of reach. Reinforcing that message, we screened Cool Runnings, which tells the unlikely story of the first Jamaican bobsled team’s journey to the Calgary Winter Olympics. Over the next two months, we’ll be inviting ten more elementary schools to experience this uplifting cinema series!