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Richard E. Grant
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
The producers of The First Grader have missed a great opportunity to really inspire the primary schoolchildren on the world .
Watched this on DVD. I spent most of my life in Africa (so far) and loved the sweeping shots of rural Kenya and the enthusiasm of the Kenyan children and of course Maruge. It's a feel good movie that lost its way. The person I would most like to see it my son - will be denied the opportunity because I feel that the torture scenes are too extreme.
I realise that the Mau Mau uprising resulted in terrible recrimination in Kenya (especially for the Kikuyus) and should not be glossed over. But feel that the producers of The First Grader have missed a great opportunity to really inspire the primary schoolchildren on the world that you should only stop learning "until you have soil in your ears!"
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