The First Grader


Genres: Biography, Drama

Review: The First Grader

About The First Grader

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Based on a true story, this inspirational drama profiles the amazing determination of 84-year-old Kenyan Kimani N'gan'ga Maruge (Oliver Litondo), a Mau Mau freedom fighter who wants to take advantage of a new universal education decree by learning how to read. Although he faces governmental bureaucracy and tribal racism, Maruge's cause is eventually championed by teacher Jane Obinchu (Naomie Harris), who is set on erasing illiteracy in Kenya.

Cast: Oliver Litondo, Naomie Harris, Tony Kgoroge, Sam Feuer, Nick Reding, Vusi Kunene, John Sibi-Okumu, Israel Makoe, Dan 'Churchill' Ndambuki

Director: Justin Chadwick

Release Year: 2010

Length: 120 minutes

Rating: PG-13

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