THE FIRST GRADER (Theatrical Release USA 2011)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.4|5.0 Starsìììì

The First Grader—African film—works at the same quality level as the Australian film Rabbit Proof Fence. Both outstanding films that define the human spirit, provide WOW! entertainment value with good realism. The movie has wide audience appeal.

Film Poster Courtesy of Wikipedia


An 84-year-old Kenyan man seeks an education.

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director Justin Chadwick for directing effort. Thank you to Executive Producers Norman Merry, Joe Oppenheimer, Jim ShamooMr. Kipruto (Vusi Kunene), Agnes (Agnes Simaloi), Kamau Chege (Kamau Mbaya), n, Anant Singh, and Helena Spring for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Jane Obinchu (Naomie Harris), Kimani Ng'ang'a Maruge (Oliver Litondo), Charles Obinchu (Tony Kgoroge), Teacher Alfred (Alfred Munyua), Teacher Elizabeth (Shoki Mokgapa), Mr. Kipruto (Vusi Kunene), Agnes (Agnes Sialoi), Kamau Chege (Kamau Mbaya), Young Maruge’s Wife (Emily Njoki), Young Maruge (Lwanda Jawar), DJ Masha (Dan Ndambuki), Maruge’s Daughter (Hannah Wacer), and Maruge’s Baby Son (John Kimani).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe? 

Yes. This speaks to the world about the human necessity to fulfill life-long dreams no matter the age or rationality of fulfilling that dream…this movie tells about the human spirit.

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