THE FIRST GRADER

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THE FIRST GRADER

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Based on a triumphant true story, this is the new film from Justin Chadwick, director of THE OTHER BOLEYN GIRL

When the Kenyan government promises free education for all, 84 year old Maruge (Oliver Litondo in his debut role) makes his way to a remote primary school in the Kenyan bush to get himself the education he has always been denied.  A former Mau Mau warrior, fifty years earlier he fought for the liberation of his country and now he must fight for his right to learn to read and write in a class of six-year-olds.  

Moved by his passionate plea, head teacher Jane (Naomie Harris, PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN) supports his struggle to gain admission and together they face fierce opposition from parents and officials who don’t want to waste a precious school place on an old man.

Full of vitality and humour, and filmed in the exhilarating landscape of Kenya’s Rift Valley, THE FIRST GRADER uncovers the shocking untold history of British colonial rule in Kenya and tells the incredible inspirational story of one man's determination to learn in the face of adversity. 
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