A drama based on the true story of Melvin B. Tolson, a professor at Wiley College Texas. In 1935, he inspired students to form the school's first debate team, which went on to challenge Harvard in the national championship.
An elderly Margaret Thatcher talks to the imagined presence of her recently deceased husband as she struggles to come to terms with his death while scenes from her past life, from girlhood to British prime minister, intervene.
A look at the life of Alfred Kinsey (Neeson), a pioneer in the area of human sexuality research, whose 1948 publication "Sexual Behavior in the Human Male" was one of the first recorded works that saw science address sexual behavior.
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
Kimani N'gan'ga Maruge:
Do you think I'm too old to learn?
My father had a saying. He was not an educated man, he was a fisherman, but he said 'you never stop learning until you have soil in your ears'.
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I hardly write reviews but I do admit I am a sucker for education/teacher type movies, so I knew I've been wanting to see this movie for a while. I was so ecstatic that I got a copy of the DVD at my local library. I just finished it tonight and was extremely touched by the film. Kudos to Justin Chadwick and National Geographic for making this movie. I highly recommend it to everyone, regardless of your occupation as an educator or teacher, student, etc. Everyone should watch this film and be prepared to be moved by it like it moved me (and bring tissues)! Set in the stark but beautiful Kenya (I've always wanted to go there), it tells the remarkable and inspirational true story of an 84 year-old man, who is now my hero, to start the first grade. The message is quite clear, and that really is to truly NOT give up on your dreams. Just wished this movie had more publicity and at least maybe an Oscar nomination. Naomie Harris did very well and gave a convincing performance but the real star was Oliver Litondo. His role as Maruge let my heart ache and I have the utmost respect for him. I definitely teared up and learned bits and pieces about the horrific Mau Mau rebellion. I give it an A+!
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