The First Grader

Genre:  Drama
Running Time:  98 min.
Release Date: May 20, 2011 (limited)
DVD: December 27, 2011

Current rating: Rating: 4.50
based on 64 votes and 18 reviews
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Cast: Naomie Harris, Oliver Musila Litondo


In a remote Kenyan primary school hundreds of children are jostling for a chance for the free education newly promised by the Kenyan government. One new applicant causes astonishment when he knocks on the door of the school: Maruge, a Mau Mau veteran in his eighties who is desperate to learn to read.

Director: Justin Chadwick
Studio: Maple Pictures
Producer(s): Sam Feuer, Richard Harding
Screenplay: Ann Peacock
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  • 5 stars "Inspiring, a real gem."
  • 5 stars "very beautifully done. inspiring and true. made me tear up a couple of times. must watch if you're a education type of person :)"
  • 5 stars "A touching true story..great for teachers!"