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The First Grader DVD

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In a small, remote mountain top primary school in the Kenyan bush, 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. He is Maruge (Oliver Litondo), an old Mau Mau veteran in his eighties, 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 of an education so long denied—even if it means sitting in a classroom alongside six-year-olds.


Moved by his passionate plea, head teacher Jane Obinchu (Naomie Harris), 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 such an old man.


Full of vitality and humor, the film explores the remarkable relationships Maruge builds with his classmates some eighty years his junior. Through Maruge's journey, we are taken back to the shocking untold story of British colonial rule 50 years earlier where Maruge fought for the freedom of his country, eventually ending up in the extreme and harsh conditions of the British detention camps.


The First Grader is a heart-warming and inspiring true story of one man's fight for what he believes is his right in order to overcome the burdens of his past. It is a triumphant testimony to the transforming force of education.


Special Features: Making Of The First Grader, Short Documentary Film, Bonus Interviews, Coming Attractions.


Not available for shipment outside of the U.S.


  • 1 disc; 103 minutes
  • Widescreen
  • PG-13
  • © 2011

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5.0

Definitely worth seeing

By peterlight

from Gatineau, Qc, Canada

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Pros

  • Broad Appeal
  • Entertaining
  • Informative
  • Relevant

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Adult Viewers
    • Younger Viewers

    Comments about The First Grader DVD:

    Expected a lot from this movie, and it definitely exceeded my expectations. Very well acted by pros and non-pros alike, touching story, grips you from beginning to end. A bit violent sometimes, but this is to be expected in this type of movie. A must-see for sure.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Highly Recommend

    By Suzie

    from Central Florida

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    Comments about The First Grader DVD:

    There are very few movies that make you think, believe and dream after watching it and this is one of those gems.

    I'm glad that I "randomly" stumbled across this movie while browsing and have already recommended it to friends. If you're on the fence about purchasing this film I suggest doing so.

    The only drawback is that during a captivity scene they briefly show a few nude behinds so it could be inappropriate for some audiences.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    WOW

    By karios

    from emigrant, MT

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    Comments about The First Grader DVD:

    shows the power of the human spirit

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Heartwarming, excellent film.

    By Lani

    from Terryville, CT

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    Pros

    • Inspiring story
    • Truthful and real

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Not for very young perhap
      • Teachers and travelers
      • Valuable history of Kenya

      Comments about The First Grader DVD:

      Deeply moving film. Having been to Kenya and the Maasai area many, many times, the authenticity of the marvelous children and their desire to gain an education is touching. The story of an 85 yr old man wanting to learn to read and facing obstacles is a true story that will move you with his courage and heartbreaking history of his abuse during the Mau Mau conflict.

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      5.0

      Education is not only for the young.....

      By Denise Refugee Helper

      from Allentown, PA

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      Pros

      • Educational
      • Enjoyment for all ages
      • Powerful

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • College
        • Elementary School
        • High school
        • IDPs
        • Middle school
        • Missionary workers
        • Refugee awareness

        Comments about The First Grader DVD:

        I viewed this film, primarily due to my involvement with refugee resettlement and their sometimes lack of education. Learning to read is available to children, but not always available to those older. ESL is a basic tool for refugees and immigrants and is needed by them to integrate into our society.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        What a moving clip for all to watch!

        By Indy Fan

        from Amboy, IL

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        Pros

        • Education
        • Education for all

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Grades 3 and up

          Comments about The First Grader DVD:

          Use to show how education is not given to all and how lucky we are to have schools open to everyone

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