The First Grader, a new film that was recently released in the UK, tells the story of a 84 year old former rebel, Maruge, who decides to knocks on the door of a rural elementary school.  In the film, the Kenyan government promises free education for everyone.  Maruge thus seizes this promise as a chance of obtaining an education, which he has been long denied.

According to the film producers, “the film explores the remarkable relationships Maruge builds with his classmates some eighty years his junior” and the “fierce opposition from parents and officials who don’t want to waste a precious school place on such an old man”.  Through the film, “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”.  The film was recently selected as the runner-up in the People’s Choice at the Toronto International Film Festival and has been selected by National Geographic for distribution in the United States.  Don’t miss the opportunity to see the film in a screening near you!

 

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