The Forbidden Education (Spanish: La Educación Prohibida) is an independent documentary released in 2012. The film documents diverse alternative education practices and unconventional schools in Latin America and Spain and includes educational approaches such as popular education, Montessori, progressive education, Waldorf, homeschooling.
It became the first released movie in Spanish to be funded under a crowdfunding methodology. It was also hightlightened by its distributed screening proposal that enabled a synchronized release in 130 cities in 13 countries with a total number of 18,000 viewers in a single day.
The film was released under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license.
The documentary is divided into 10 thematic episodes, each presenting a different aspect of education in the school context and outside of it. Topics include the history of the school system, authority and power in schools, evaluation and segregation of students, social function of educational institutions, and the role of teachers and families.
The film has almost 30 minutes of animation and a fictional dramatic story connecting the episodes.