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The First Grader

The First Grader
  • 2010
  • UK/US/Kenya
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Justin Chadwick
  • Written by: Ann Peacock
  • Cast: Oliver Litondo, Naomie Harris, Tony Kgoroge

Kimani Ng'ang'a Maruge (Oliver Musila Litondo) is an old man who decides to attend school in his Kenyan homeland, taking up the government's promise that education should be free for all. Based on real life, Chadwick's film seeks to inspire and uplift, but succeeds only in neutering the story.

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The First Grader

23 May 20112 stars

Biographical drama has good intentions, but lacks purpose

(12A) 102min The importance of free education may be a perennial political hot potato, but films like Justin Chadwick’s The First Grader add little to the debate other than good intentions. Based on a true story, Chadwick’s film seeks to inspire and…

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