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THE FIRST GRADER (2011)

Based on a true story.

 

When the Kenyan government offers free primary education to anyone with a birth certificate, an 84 year-old war hero, who could never afford to get an education, comes knocking on the gates to the local primary school and wants to enroll. Full of vitality and humour, the film explores the remarkable relationships Maruge builds with his classmates some eighty years his junior. Through his fight to get educated, Maruge and his teacher embark on an inspiring journey for a better future for himself and his country.

Cast

Naomie Harris

Oliver Litondo

Tony Kgoroge

Director

Justin Chadwick

Writer

Ann Peacock

 

Producers

Sam Feuer

David T. Thompson

Richard Harding

Executive Producers

Joe Oppenheimer

Norman Merry

Anant Singh

Helena Spring

 

Partners

BBC Films

National Geographic Films

Blue Sky Films

Distant Horizon

Origin Pictures

Sixth Sense Productions

Golden Deckchair Audience Award at the 2012 Perth Int Arts Festival

2012 NAACP Image Award for Best Writing (Ann Peacock)

4 additional NAACP Image Award Nominations

Ivor Novella Award for Best Soundtrack (Alex Heffes)

2012 AARP Award for Best Actor (Oliver Litondo)

2011 Satellite Award (Best Educational Film)

Black Film Critics Circle (Best Actor - Oliver Litondo)

Doha Tribeca Film Festival (Audience Prize for Best Narrative 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 Narrative Film)

International Filmfest Emden-Norderney (The Bernard Wicki Award)

International Filmfest Emden-Norderney (The DGB Trade Union Award)

Durban International Film Festival (Audience Award)

Kenyan International Film Festival (Best Film, Best Actor, Best Actress)

Ingoma Trophy at the FESTICAB 2012 in Burundi (Best Feature)

Gotham Award nominee for Audience Favorite

Telluride Film Festival Official Selection 2010