MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 1,494 this week

The First Grader (2010)

7.4
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.4/10 from 2,425 users   Metascore: 56/100
Reviews: 14 user | 66 critic | 21 from Metacritic.com

The true story of an 84 year-old Kenyan villager and ex Mau Mau freedom fighter who fights for his right to go to school for the first time to get the education he could never afford.

Director:

Writer:

Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 46 titles
created 09 Nov 2012
 
F
a list of 23 titles
created 21 Sep 2013
 
a list of 29 titles
created 11 months ago
 
a list of 44 titles
created 3 months ago
 
a list of 36 titles
created 2 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "The First Grader" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The First Grader (2010)

The First Grader (2010) on IMDb 7.4/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The First Grader.
10 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Director: Lucy Tcherniak
Stars: Oliver Litondo, Raif Clarke, Andrew Lee Potts
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

A comedy about student life, friendship and loyalty at that point in life when you are away from home for the first time. Posh, Liam, Harry, Animal and Footsie are five young men who meet ... See full summary »

Director: John Miller
Stars: Tom Harper, Paul Foster, Liam McMahon
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A chronicle of Nelson Mandela's life journey from his childhood in a rural village through to his inauguration as the first democratically elected president of South Africa.

Director: Justin Chadwick
Stars: Idris Elba, Naomie Harris, Terry Pheto
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A young, aspiring actor from upcountry Kenya dreams of becoming a success in the big city. In pursuit of this and to the chagrin of his brother and parents, he makes his way to Nairobi:the city of opportunity.

Director: David 'Tosh' Gitonga
Stars: Joseph Wairimu, Olwenya Maina, Nancy Wanjiku Karanja
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Duncan navigates the unsteady world of romance and relationships, going through five girlfriends in four years. Unfortunately, none of them turn out well.

Director: Julian Kemp
Stars: Brendan Patricks, Naomie Harris, Kelly Adams
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

The film follows the fortunes of an avant garde Morris team in their struggle to evolve Morris Dancing.

Director: Lucy Akhurst
Stars: Lucy Akhurst, Brodie Bass, Andy Black
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
Tony Kgoroge ...
Charles Obinchu
Alfred Munyua ...
Teacher Alfred
Shoki Mokgapa ...
Teacher Elizabeth
Vusi Kunene ...
Mr. Kipruto (as Vusumuzi Michael Kunene)
Agnes Simaloi ...
Agnes
Kamau Mbaya ...
Kamau Chege
Emily Njoki ...
Young Maruge's Wife
Lwanda Jawar ...
Dan 'Churchill' Ndambuki ...
DJ Masha (as Daniel Ndambuki 'Churchill')
Hannah Wacera ...
Maruge's Daughter
John Kimani ...
Maruge's Baby Son
Macharia Kamau ...
DJ's PA
Abubakar Mwenda ...
Edit

Storyline

Set in a mountain village in Kenya the film tells the remarkable true and uplifting story of a proud old Mau Mau veteran who is determined to seize his last chance to learn to read and write - and so ends up joining a class alongside six year-olds. Together he and his young teacher face fierce resistance, but ultimately they win through - and also find a new way of overcoming the burdens of the colonial past. Written by Unknown

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

It's never too late to dream.

Genres:

Biography | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some disturbing violent content and brief nudity | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

| |

Language:

Release Date:

24 June 2011 (Ireland)  »

Also Known As:

Az iskolakezdő  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$20,437 (USA) (13 May 2011)

Gross:

$330,533 (USA) (29 July 2011)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Quotes

Jane Obinchu: Mmzee, they meant for children, not adults.
Kimani Ng'ang'a Maruge: No, I heard it on the radio, with my own ears, they said 'everybody'.
See more »

Connections

Featured in Breakfast: Episode dated 20 June 2011 (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Keep on Waiting
Artist: Kawesa
Composer: Alex Heffes
Master & Publisher: Resonant Music (1) Limited Partners
Administered by Fintage Music Publishing & Collection B.V
Used by permission.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

1st class.
11 July 2011 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

Glorious acting by the leads, a charming yet affecting screenplay, taut direction and above all stunning cinematography - all making for a gem of a film.

Due the nature of the story (daww, an 84 year-old guy in Kenya learning his ABCs with all the little kids...) some scenes skim dangerously close to being too cute and sentimental but thankfully the harrowing background to the story and gutwrenching depiction of conflicts in the past, along with the personal tragedy at the heart of the story make this such a moving film. Both Naomie Harris and Oliver Litondo deliver phenomenal performances, the latter in particular I think deserves Oscar consideration.


7 of 9 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Why didn't he just go to the adult school? thesurf842
Tissues, please.... anubis-45
Oscar chances? bettestreep2004
Name of the Song Near End of the Trailer? action_jackson_0178
Casting caggiegc
BFI London Film Festival: The First Grader Review matthew-groizard
Discuss The First Grader (2010) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?