Follow four kids from four corners of the planet as they face the same, seemingly impossible challenge most Western kids take for granted every day: getting to school. And we’re not talking about a waltz down to the bus stop. Mountains, wheelchairs, raging rivers, wildlife — these intrepid kids face down incredible physical obstacles for their education.

French filmmaker Pascal Plisson has put together a stunning portrait of human struggle. He also picked four epic locations — we go from the savannahs of Kenya to the Atlas mountains in Morocco, Southern India to vast Patagonia. We tag along with the determined and adorable Jackson, Zahira, Samuel, and Carlito as they embark on a journey that will change their lives forever.

On the Way to School (Sur le Chemin de l’école) is in very limited, small-theater release in North America, but is available on Blu-ray and DVD from Amazon. Next time your little one complains about walking to school or the bus stop, sit them down to watch this. Also, take a moment to learn about the nonprofit foundation behind the film’s production here: