The First Grader, the true story of an 84-year-old Kenyan villager and ex Mau Mau freedom fighter who fights for his right to go to school for the first time.
A Mau Mau veteran, Maruge helped liberate Kenya from British colonial rule. He spent his youth fighting for freedom and now his final goal in life is to learn to read. But when he arrives at the school gate, teacher Jane (Naomie Harris) must turn him away. She has no legal reason, so she says he’ll need books and a pencil. Maruge returns with both. When she tells him he’ll need a uniform, Maruge comes back wearing a school uniform – short pants and all. Impressed with his resilience, she brings the old man into her school, giving him a chance to learn to read, as well as to come to terms with his difficult past. Scroll to bottom of page to see movie trailer.