The First Grader

The First Grader

Oliver Litondo
Director: Justin Chadwick Cast: Oliver Litondo
Oliver Litondo
, Naomie Harris
Naomie Harris
, Emily Njoki
Emily Njoki
Justin Chadwick

DVD (Wide Screen)

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An educator must stand up for the rights of an unusual student in this drama from director Justin Chadwick, which is based on a true story. In 2002, the government of Kenya announces that free education will be available to the nation's children for the first time, and as principal Jane Obinchu (Naomie Harris) enrolls hundreds of new first grade students in her ramshackle school, she's greeted by one prospective student who stands out -- N'gan'ga Maruge (Oliver Litondo), who is 84 years old. Maruge is illiterate and wants the chance to improve himself before it's too late; Obinchu initially turns him away, but Maruge isn't easily dissuaded, and after he keeps returning to the school Obinchu agrees to let him enroll. When word gets out that an octogenarian farmer is attending Obinchu's school as a first grader, many in the community are puzzled and outraged, and the news media picks up on the story, turning it into a nationwide controversy. But Maruge stands firm, and as others learn his remarkable story -- he was a rebel soldier who fought for Kenya's freedom during the colonial era -- his need to educate himself no longer seems like the eccentric whim of an old man. The First Grader was an official selection at the 2010 Telluride Film Festival.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/17/2018
UPC: 0024543507246
Original Release: 2010
Rating: NR
Source: National Geographic
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time: 1:44:00
Sales rank: 37,158

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Oliver Litondo Kimani N'gan'ga Maruge
Naomie Harris Jane Obinchu
Emily Njoki Young Maruge's Wife
Hannah Wacera Maruge's Daughter
John Kimani Maruge's Baby Son
Lwanda Jawar Young Maruge
Daniel Ndambuki DJ Masha
Macharia Kamau DJ's PA
Abubakar Mwenda Boie
Tom Gitau Old Codger
Watson Mbirua Old Codger
Shadrack Murimi Gachuhi Old Codger
Mwenga Matilika Old Codger
Agnes Simaloi Agnes
Alfred Munyua Teacher Alfred
Shoki Mokgapa Teacher Elizabeth
Kathyline Ndogori Teacher Katherine
Israel Makoe David Chege
Kamau Mbaya Kamau Chege
Shirlen Wangari Mother Wanjiku
Benta Ochieng Mother Benta
Peter Emera Pious Jonas
Joel Rempesa Joel
Peter Marias Peter
Eunice Tekero Village Woman
Jackie Musimbi Village Girl
Susan Sisian Young Mother
Tony Kgoroge Charles Obinchu
Kurenda ole Kureya Maasai Store Owner
Nick Redding Officer Johnson
Nick Ndichu Mau Mau Oath Giver
Paul Mbogo Mau Mau Leader
Zingaro Percussions Mau Mau Warriors
Jeannette Elsworth Plantation Owner's Wife
Kamau Ndungu John Gambe
Vusumuzi Michael Kunene Mr. Kipruto
Mary Mbirua Stall Owner
Catherine Njiru Stall Owner
Mumbi Kaigwa Education Secretary
Charles Ouda Adult School Teacher
Rachel Jones BBC Journalist
Lydia Gitachu CNN Journalist
Sam Feuer American Journalist
Gilbert Lukhalia Mr. Mutahi/Politician
Melvin Alusa Mr. Mutahi's Aide
Irene Kariuki Mrs. Muthumba
Rosemary Nyambura Jacquie (P.A. to the Chairman)
Ainea Ojiambo Education Official
Michael Oyier Newsreader

Technical Credits
Justin Chadwick Director
Nicola Blacker Associate Producer
Sam Feuer Producer
Tosh Gitonga Asst. Director
Richard Harding Producer
Rob Hardy Cinematographer
Alex Heffes Score Composer
Trevor Ingman Co-producer
Margie Kiundi Casting
Paul Knight Editor
Moonyeenn Lee Casting
Norman Merry Executive Producer
Gillianne Obaso Makeup
Joe Oppenheimer Executive Producer
Sophie Oprisano Costumes/Costume Designer
Ann Peacock Screenwriter
Ed Rubin Associate Producer
Deborah Saban Asst. Director
Anant Singh Executive Producer
Julian Slater Sound/Sound Designer
Vittoria Sogno Production Designer
Helena Spring Executive Producer
David M. Thompson Producer
Denise Tran Associate Producer

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