The First Grader (2010)
Kimani Ng'ang'a Maruge: I will continue learning, I want to become a vet.
Jane Obinchu: [laughing] A vet? Maruge, you'll be almost 100 years old.
Kimani Ng'ang'a Maruge: I will never stop learning until I have soil in my ears.
Kimani Ng'ang'a Maruge: Do you think I'm too old to learn?
Jane Obinchu: 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'.
Jane Obinchu: [addressing her 200 students on her last day] My mother never went to school, and she said to me, 'You must love education, so that you can do better than me'. I am your mother and I am telling you, you must love education, so that you can do better than me, better than all of the teachers.
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'.
Jane Obinchu: Mmzee, why does someone as old as yourself want to go to school?
Kimani Ng'ang'a Maruge: I want to learn to read.
DJ Masha: At 1:40 in the movie the radio disc jockey says, "I am now beginning to believe that one day a Kenyan, a Kenyan, will go to the White House."
Title Card: In Kenya in 1953 there was a violent uprising against British Colonial Rule led by the Mau Mau who were mainly from the Kikuyu Tribe. In this violent struggle thousands were killed and more than a million Kikuyu were imprisoned in British detention camps.The conflict eventually led to independence but for many the past was never resolved. Based on a true story.