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The First Grader

The First Grader

It's never too late to dream.
  • The other kids just don't understand me.

Based on a true story, of what happened when the Kenyan government announced free education for all in 2003. One applicant causes astonishment when he knocks on the door of the school. He is Maruge, an old Mau Mau veteran in his 80s, 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 at the education so long denied, even if it means sitting in a classroom alongside six-year-old children.


102 minutes, Mature Accompaniment under 13 (Violence)
Biographical, Drama, On the art circuit

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Credits
Cast
Naomie Harris, Tony Kgoroge, Oliver Litondo, Sam Feuer, Nick Reding, Vusi Kunene, Shoki Mokgapa
Director
Justin Chadwick
ScreenplayAnn Peacock
MusicAlex Heffes
CinematographyRob Hardy
EditingPaul Knight
Sound formatsDolby Digital
SoundtrackNot available
Made in2010
Produced bySixth Sense Productions, Origin Pictures, BBC Films, Blue Sky Films, First Grader Productions, Lipsync Production, UK Film Council, Videovision Entertainment

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FPB Report (SA)
GenreBiography, drama
LanguageNone
NudityNone
SexNone
ViolenceFairly frequent, realistic, impactful and disturbing, bloody in places
PrejudiceNone
BlasphemyNone
Drug abuseNone
CommentsBased on the true story of an 84 year old man who attends school for the first time. His past is rooted in the Kenyan uprising and rebellion against colonialist oppression.
These details are supplied by the FPB. If you have a problem with any of the above, please take it up directly with the FPB. Read the Classification Guidelines.


Ratings
Scale (Max)20
South African Media
Cape Argus/The StarTheresa Smith quote icon 10
Die BurgerAmamanda de Lange quote icon 10
Cape TimesStephen Farber quote icon 15
International Media
Metacritic.com21 critics11
RottenTomatoes.com65 critics11
RottenTomatoes.comTomatometer11
Movie Review Query Engine (USA)MRQE critics quote icon 12
Movie Review Intelligence (USA)23 critics12
IMDB244 Netizens quote icon 14
Average .. 59%12


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