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THE FIRST GRADER

Fri, Feb 11, 2011
at 6 PM (B2)
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Mon, Feb 14, 2011
at 6 PM (WH)
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THE FIRST GRADER

DIRECTOR: Justin Chadwick - GREAT BRITAIN

A deep and rich exploration of a man’s life-long fight for dignity and freedom, The First Grader, based on a true story, is set in a remote primary school in Kenya. Among the hundreds of children hoping to enroll for the free education newly promised by the government, one applicant causes astonishment. He is Maruge, an old Mau Mau veteran in his eighties. He fought for the liberation of his country and now wants the chance of an education so long denied. Moved by his passionate plea, head teacher Jane Obinchu 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. Featuring outstanding performances by Oliver Litondo and Naomie Harris, this moving story reminds us of the resilient nature of the human spirit. (110 mins.)

Selected Filmography: The Other Boleyn Girl (08).

Sponsored by Alaska Airlines.

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Interests: Narrative Feature, Global Classroom.

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