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The First Grader

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The story of an 84 year-old Kenyan villager and ex Mau Mau terrorist who fights for his right to go to school for the first time to get the education he could never afford.
Actors: Kamau Ndungu,
Kamau Ndungu
Kamau Ndungu
Dan Churchill Ndambuki,
Dan Churchill Ndambuki
Dan Churchill Ndambuki
Catherine Njiru,
Catherine Njiru
Catherine Njiru
Shadrack Murimi Gachuhi,
Shadrack Murimi Gachuhi
Shadrack Murimi Gachuhi
Oliver Litondo,
Oliver Litondo
Oliver Litondo
Israel Makoe,
Israel Makoe
Israel Makoe
Tom Gitau,
Tom Gitau
Tom Gitau
Susan Sisian,
Susan Sisian
Susan Sisian
Macharia Kamau,
Macharia Kamau
Macharia Kamau
Kathyline Ndogori,
Kathyline Ndogori
Kathyline Ndogori
Joel Rempesa,
Joel Rempesa
Joel Rempesa
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Genre: RomanceDramaBiography
Director: Justin Chadwick
Justin Chadwick
Justin Chadwick 1 December 1968, Manchester, Lancashire, England, UK
Country: United Kingdom
Release: 2010
IMDb: 7.4
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Duration: 103 min
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Flicks.co.nz
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December 15, 2011

With the melodrama cranked up as high as it is, it's hard to believe this was a true story.
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Time Out
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June 22, 2011

It's funny how 'real life' sometimes conforms so closely to hackneyed patterns of screenwriting.
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Screenwize
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November 24, 2011

An uplifting, romanticised and gently-paced film infused with the dry beauty of the Kenyan landscape and powered by the moist-eyed performance of Oliver Litondo in the title role
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Globe and Mail
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May 20, 2011

Stow your cynicism and give this lesson in continuing education the response it deserves -- more than a polite clap, maybe even a sitting ovation.
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Quickflix
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January 19, 2012

The First Grader is a self-congratulatory and subtlety-free slog that makes saints of its protagonists, devils out of its antagonists and narcoleptics out of its audience.
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National Newspaper Publishers Association
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March 21, 2017

This appealing mixture of contention and inspiration becomes a feel-good story that will make you shed a tear, then grin ear to ear.
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Variety
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February 23, 2012

Director Justin Chadwick's admirable effort manages to do more than inspire, educating auds with an important chapter in African history.
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Seattle Times

May 26, 2011

The filmmaking is ... uneven, filled with charming picture-postcard scenes of smiling children and African sunshine that seem crafted for a different film than one with moments of horrific flashbacks.
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Cinema Writer
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January 27, 2012

achieves a poignant, humanist sincerity
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Detroit News
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May 27, 2011

The First Grader is every bit as inspiring and heart-warming as you'd expect.
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Tribune News Service
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January 14, 2013

An earnest "true story" that hits many of the expected importance-of- education grace notes, but never quite achieves a lump-in-your-throat reaction
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Minneapolis Star Tribune
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May 26, 2011

The story is uplifting in a predictably pro-education, antiwar, feel-good way, warmth and humor balancing the heavy moments.
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