The First Grader

The First Grader

DVD - 2010
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Based on the true story of N'gan'ga Maruge, an elderly man who decides to pursue an education that he was never able to afford when the government of Kenya passes a law to make free education available to the nation's children.
Publisher: [Washington, DC] : National Geographic, c2010
ISBN: 9781426297007
9786314503482
Branch Call Number: FIR
Characteristics: 1 dvd (103 min.) : sd., col. ; 12 cm

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danger69
Sep 12, 2018

Well worth watching, don't miss it! Based on a true story. Truly inspiring and will bring hope to lives of many.

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leesha_58
Aug 19, 2018

I'm glad I saw this movie, documenting the history, one person inspiring others through fortitude, these being true events are important. I agree that it felt slow but the director (The Other Boleyn Girl) I believe it was on purpose because of, like real life, the discomfort and frustration it can cause ... and then imagining their circumstances ... and the painful, slow battle of resistance against change.

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ba_library
May 27, 2017

Good film about Maruge, an 84 year man who wanted to go to school to learn to read. He encounters problems with the administration and parents concerned their children are not the focus of the primary school. I thought the sub-story about his Mau Mau activities very poignant and probably not too well known by Americans. Overall, it is an uplifting, heartwarming story about a man determined to learn and educate himself even at the stage of old-age--a reminder that we are all never too old to learn.

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rokivan
Oct 19, 2016

Maruge is an incredible man with determination and sense of humour despite the suffering and atrocities he faced during the 1950 for standing up in what he believed was right.

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QnVz
Jul 11, 2016

An absolutely fabulous tale of preserverance, hope, and life. Enjoyed every minute of Maruge's lessons!!

PimaLib_StephanieM Mar 14, 2016

An intense and touching story. I found myself as moved by the school headmaster's plight to allow Maruge to attend school as I was by N'gan'ga Maruge himself. She puts herself out on a limb to do what is right for Maruge.

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mooooks
Mar 11, 2016

A man who's fought all his life, fights for the right to attend school at the age of 84. Simply beautiful and inspiring. His passion for education and his determination offers a lesson to all of us. Everyone has the right to an education, no matter how young, old, rich or poor.

uvillereader Mar 09, 2016

A heartwarming movie which lets us know that no matter how old we get, we have to keep learning.

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GypzyMizzP
Aug 22, 2015

The movie is alright.... It is respectable to make a movie from real life events...

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readyrisa
Jul 10, 2015

The first grader, a true story about an 84 year old Kimani Maruge and his quest for education...awesome!

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