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The First Grader (2010)

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

Director:

Justin Chadwick

Writer:

Ann Peacock
18 wins & 12 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

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

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It's never too late to dream.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

UK | USA | Kenya

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 June 2011 (Ireland) See more »

Also Known As:

Az iskolakezdő See more »

Filming Locations:

Kenya

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,437, 15 May 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$330,533, 31 July 2011
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Tony Kgoroge is a frequent collaborator with director Justin Chadwick, having also appeared in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013), another film Chadwick directed. See more »

Quotes

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.
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Crazy Credits

During the initial credits, there is 1. a photo of the real Maruge with some students. 2. a scene with the DJ mentioning Maruge's trip to the UN, and predicting that a Kenyan will ascend to the White House. 3. more scenes of the children at the school See more »

Connections

Featured in Maltin on Movies: The Hangover: Part II (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Uhuru Freedom Song
Composer & Arranger: Paul Mbugi Wambogo
Master & Publisher: Resonant Music (1) Limited Partners
Administered by Fintage Music Publishing & Collection B.V.
Used by permission.
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I just saw this film at the Doha Tribeca Film Festival.
31 October 2010 | by a_hudson-884-493137See all my reviews

I just saw this film, yesterday, at the Doha Tribeca Film Festival.

I think this is the first time that I can say that a film has had a profound affect upon me. It's a fantastic story, and what makes it all the more amazing, as confirmed by Justin Chadwick at the festival, everything you see in the film is true and actually happened.

I am not ashamed to admit that I was moved to tears, and these were not tears of joy. Emotionally, this is a heavyweight amongst films.

The film also left me not being very proud to be British. It covers, in flash back, a part of our history that I am sure most of my fellow countrymen would wish had never happened.

I would strongly recommend that every Britain and every Kenyan watches this film. It will move them all to tears, and teach us all lessons we should not forget for the future.

If you do go to watch it, take plenty of handkerchiefs. You'll need them!


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