The First Grader

It's never too late to dream.


The First Grader
Based on a true story, of what happened when the Kenyan government announced free education for all in 2003. One applicant causes astonishment when he knocks on the door of the school. He is Maruge, an old Mau Mau veteran in his 80s, who is desperate to learn to read at this late stage of his life. He fought for the liberation of his country and now feels he must have the chance at the education so long denied, even if it means sitting in a classroom alongside six-year-old children.

102 minutes.
Mature Accompaniment under 13 (Violence).
Biographical, Drama, On the art circuit
The other kids just don
The other kids just don't understand me.

Credits

Cast
Naomie Harris, Tony Kgoroge, Oliver Litondo, Sam Feuer, Nick Reding, Vusi Kunene, Shoki Mokgapa
Director
Justin Chadwick
ScreenplayAnn Peacock
MusicAlex Heffes
CinematographyRob Hardy
EditingPaul Knight
Sound formatsDolby Digital
Made in2010
Produced bySixth Sense Productions, Origin Pictures, BBC Films, Blue Sky Films, First Grader Productions, Lipsync Production, UK Film Council, Videovision Entertainment

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Film and Publications Board (FPB) Report (SA)

GenreBiography, drama
LanguageNone
NudityNone
SexNone
ViolenceFairly frequent, realistic, impactful and disturbing, bloody in places
PrejudiceNone
BlasphemyNone
Drug abuseNone
CommentsBased on the true story of an 84 year old man who attends school for the first time. His past is rooted in the Kenyan uprising and rebellion against colonialist oppression.
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Ratings

Scale (Max)20

What the Critics say

Cape Argus / The Star
Theresa Smith quote iconWhen i am 84, I go to school
10
Die Burger
Amamanda de Lange quote icon'Leerder' laat hart warm klop
10
Cape Times
Stephen Farber quote iconIt's never too late
15
Metacritic.com
21 critics
11
Rottentomatoes critics
65 critics
11
Rottentomatoes tomatometer
Tomatometer
11
Movie Review Query Engine
MRQE critics quote icon
12
Movie Review Intelligence
23 critics
12

What the People say

Internet
244 Netizens quote icon1st class.
14

Average .. 59%

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