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
Where's it showing?
Naomie Harris, Tony Kgoroge, Oliver Litondo, Sam Feuer, Nick Reding, Vusi Kunene, Shoki Mokgapa
|Sound formats||Dolby Digital|
|Produced by||Sixth Sense Productions, Origin Pictures, BBC Films, Blue Sky Films, First Grader Productions, Lipsync Production, UK Film Council, Videovision Entertainment|
Official Site | IMDB page | FPB Report
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|FPB Report (SA)|
|Violence||Fairly frequent, realistic, impactful and disturbing, bloody in places|
|Comments||Based 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.|
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|South African Media|
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|Movie Review Query Engine (USA)MRQE critics ||12|
|Movie Review Intelligence (USA)23 critics||12|
|IMDB244 Netizens ||14|
|Average .. 59%||12|
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