[FILM] Highly Recommended: The First Grader

[FILM] Highly Recommended: The First Grader

VIBE: Worth your time and hard earned money…

Synopsis
In a small, remote mountain top primary school in the Kenyan bush, hundreds of children are jostling for a chance for the free education newly promised by the Kenyan government. One new applicant causes astonishment when he knocks on the door of the school.  He is Maruge (Oliver Litondo), an old Mau Mau veteran in his eighties, who is desperate to learn to read at this late stage of his life.  He fought for the liberation of his country and now feels he must have the chance of an education so long denied – even if it means sitting in a classroom alongside six-year-olds. [more] 

Awards

  • Doha Tribeca Film Festival (Audience Prize for Best Film)
  • Toronto Film Festival (Audience Prize runner-up)
  • Sedona Film Festival (Best Director’s Choice, Audience Choice Award) 
  • The Pan African Film Festival (Audience Choice Award)
  • Palm Beach Film Festival (Best Feature Film Award)
  • Nashville International Film Festival (Audience Choice Award)
  • 360/365 Film Festival – Rochester (Audience Prize for Best Film)
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