The First Grader (2010)


My Rating : 5/5 STARS
MovieStudio Quote >> “A immensely inspiring movie. The cinematography rocks and the story makes you cry all the way!”

In a small, remote mountain top primary school in the Kenyan bush, hundreds of children are jostling for a chance for the free education newly promised by the Kenyan government. One new applicant causes astonishment when he knocks on the door of the school.

The First Grader

He is Maruge (Oliver Litondo), an old Mau Mau veteran in his eighties, who is desperate to learn to read at this late stage of his life. He fought for the liberation of his country and now feels he must have the chance of an education so long denied – even if it means sitting in a classroom alongside six-year-olds.

The First Grader

Moved by his passionate plea, head teacher Jane Obinchu (Naomie Harris), supports his struggle to gain admission and together they face fierce opposition from parents and officials who don’t want to waste a precious school place on such an old man.

Check the trailer here:

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Posted on December 3, 2011, in Drama, True Stories, War and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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