The First Grader

The First Grader

DVD - 2011
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In Kenya in 1953 there was a violent uprising against British colonial rule led by the Mau Mau, who were mainly from the Kikuyu tribe. Thousands were killed, and thousands imprisoned, although the conflict did eventually lead to independence for Kenya. Based on a true story, this tells the tale of how 84-year-old Kenyan villager and ex-Mau Mau freedom fighter Kimani N'gan'ga Maruge fights for his right to go to school for the first time to get the education he could never afford. It is a triumphant testimony to the transforming force of education.
Publisher: [London] : British Broadcasting Corporation ; [Universal City, CA] : Distributed by Vivendi Entertainment, c2011.
ISBN: 9781426297007
1426297009
Branch Call Number: FIRST
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (103 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.

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d2013 Apr 02, 2013

Highly recommend this movie. Touching story of a man who truly believed in the "power of the pen". This 84 year old man shows persistence, strength and courage.


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misatim
Aug 10, 2017

A real enjoyable film for the whole family

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ba_library
May 27, 2017

Good film about Maruge, an 84 year man who wanted to go to school to learn to read. He encounters problems with the administration and parents concerned their children are not the focus of the primary school. I thought the sub-story about his Mau Mau activities very poignant and probably not too well known by Americans. Overall, it is an uplifting, heartwarming story about a man determined to learn and educate himself even at the stage of old-age--a reminder that we are all never too old to learn.

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rokivan
Oct 19, 2016

Maruge is an incredible man with determination and sense of humour despite the suffering and atrocities he faced during the 1950 for standing up in what he believed was right.

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QnVz
Jul 11, 2016

An absolutely fabulous tale of preserverance, hope, and life. Enjoyed every minute of Maruge's lessons!!

PimaLib_StephanieM Mar 14, 2016

An intense and touching story. I found myself as moved by the school headmaster's plight to allow Maruge to attend school as I was by N'gan'ga Maruge himself. She puts herself out on a limb to do what is right for Maruge.

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mooooks
Mar 11, 2016

A man who's fought all his life, fights for the right to attend school at the age of 84. Simply beautiful and inspiring. His passion for education and his determination offers a lesson to all of us. Everyone has the right to an education, no matter how young, old, rich or poor.

uvillereader Mar 09, 2016

A heartwarming movie which lets us know that no matter how old we get, we have to keep learning.

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GypzyMizzP
Aug 22, 2015

The movie is alright.... It is respectable to make a movie from real life events...

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readyrisa
Jul 10, 2015

The first grader, a true story about an 84 year old Kimani Maruge and his quest for education...awesome!

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akirakato
Jun 13, 2015

This is a 2010 biographical drama directed by Justin Chadwick, based on the true story of Kimani Maruge---a Kenyan man who enrolled in elementary education at the age of 84 after the Kenyan government announced universal and free elementary education in 2003.
It is a profoundly gripping and engaging documentary-style film.

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