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The First Grader is a 2010 biographical movie based on the life of an 84 year old illiterate Kenyan man named Maruge. In 2003 Maruge heard a radio announcement that his government was offering universal and free education. Previously, he received a letter from the “Office of the President” that he wanted to read and understand, thus his journey to education began.

Armed with the newspaper clipping stating this change in government policy, he makes the journey to the school where he is met with resistance. His resolved is such that he persists and overcomes the various obstacles presented to him.

In class, Maruge experiences a flashback when presented with the request to sharpen his pencil. He remembers the time he fought the British for the freedom of his and was brutally stabbed with a sharpened pencil. Later, he was able to explain to the class why the outburst occurred and promised it would not happen again.

The news of Margue receiving an education was met with resistance from his neighbors, school officials and others closely related to the main characters. This movie highlights Maruge’s struggles and ultimate victory.

| 2010 | 1 hr 45 min | 7.5/10 | 56/100
Naomie Harris, Oliver Litondo, Tony Kgoroge, Alfred Munyua
Sixth Sense Productions, Origin Pictures, BBC Films, Blue Sky Studios
Justin Chadwick
Produced By
Sam Feuer, Richard Harding, Nicola Blacker

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