The First Grader (2010)

PG-13   |    |  Biography, Drama, Romance

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The story of an 84 year-old Kenyan villager and ex Mau Mau veteran who fights for his right to go to school for the first time to get the education he could never afford.




  • Naomie Harris in The First Grader (2010)
  • Oliver Litondo in The First Grader (2010)
  • Ann Peacock at an event for The First Grader (2010)
  • Naomie Harris in The First Grader (2010)
  • Oliver Litondo in The First Grader (2010)
  • Justin Chadwick in The First Grader (2010)

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Justin Chadwick


Ann Peacock

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31 October 2010 | a_hudson-884-493137
| I just saw this film at the Doha Tribeca Film Festival.
I just saw this film, yesterday, at the Doha Tribeca Film Festival.

I think this is the first time that I can say that a film has had a profound affect upon me. It's a fantastic story, and what makes it all the more amazing, as confirmed by Justin Chadwick at the festival, everything you see in the film is true and actually happened.

I am not ashamed to admit that I was moved to tears, and these were not tears of joy. Emotionally, this is a heavyweight amongst films.

The film also left me not being very proud to be British. It covers, in flash back, a part of our history that I am sure most of my fellow countrymen would wish had never happened.

I would strongly recommend that every Britain and every Kenyan watches this film. It will move them all to tears, and teach us all lessons we should not forget for the future.

If you do go to watch it, take plenty of handkerchiefs. You'll need them!

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Release Date:

24 June 2011


English, Swahili

Country of Origin

UK, USA, Kenya, France

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Opening Weekend USA:

$20,437 15 May 2011

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:


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