The First Grader

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    The First Grader Synopsis

    When the Kenyan government introduces free education for all Kimani Maruge, an 84 year old village elder and Mau Mau veteran, sees the opportunity to have the education he has so long been denied - even if it means sitting alongside 6 year olds. Having fought and suffered to liberate his country. Maruge feels his country owes him. Together with head teacher Jane Obinchu, he faces fierce opposition from parents and officials reluctant to see a precious school place wasted on an old man. Full of vitality and humour, THE FIRST GRADER tells the uplifting story of one man's struggle to overcome the demons of his past through the power of education.

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    Naomie Harris, Oliver Litondo, Vusi Kunene, Tony Kgoroge, Israel Makoe


    Justin Chadwick


    Richard Harding, Sam Feuer, David M. Thompson


    Ann Peacock

    Executive Producers:

    Norman Merry, Joe Oppenheimer, Ed Rubin, Anant Singh, Helena Spring

    Sales agent:

    Distant Horizon


    Soda Pictures

    Credits summary:

    BBC and UKFC present in association with Videovision and Lip Sync A Sixth Sense/Origin Pictures Production A Justin Chadwick Film



    Running time:

    102 mins

    Release Dates


    24 June 2011

    In cinemas

    24 June 2011

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