The First Grader

Director: Justin Chadwick
Countries: Kenya / UK / USA
Year: 2010
Running Time: 103 min.
Language: English

Set in a mountain village in Kenya, the film tells the remarkable true and uplifting story of a proud old Mau Mau veteran who is determined to seize his last chance to learn to read and write – and so ends up joining a class alongside six year-olds. Together he and his young teacher face fierce resistance, but ultimately they win through – and also find a new way of overcoming the burdens of the colonial past.