• The First Grader (2011)

The First Grader

Release Date: May 13th, 2011

DVD Release Date: December 27th, 2011

PG-13 |1 hr 39 min

Plot Summary

An 84-year-old Kenyan (Oliver Litondo) fights for his right to attend school for the first time and receive the education he previously could not afford.

Cast: Naomie Harris, Oliver Litondo, Tony Kgoroge, Sam Feuer, Nick Reding, Vusi Kunene, John Sibi-Okumu, Israel Makoe

Director: Justin Chadwick

Genres: Biography , Drama

Production Co: Arte France Cinema, BBC Films

Ratings & Reviews

  • 88
    Lawrence ToppmanCharlotte Observer

    I have never seen elementary schoolers more passionate about education than the ones I met at a school in rural Kenya, not far from the shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro. show more

  • 80
    The Hollywood Reporter

    Chadwick strikes a perfect balance between humor and tragic gravity, and the result is that an unknown story seems certain to stir the hearts of audiences worldwide. show more

  • 75
    Amy BiancolliSan Francisco Chronicle

    For all of its brutal flashbacks and heavy-handed devices, The First Grader works best when it works quietly. show more

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