The First Grader
“It’s Never Too Late to Dream”
The First Grader: The Story
In a small, remote, mountaintop primary school in the Kenyan bush, hundreds of children are jostling for a chance for the free education newly promised by the Kenyan government. One applicant causes astonishment when he knocks on the door of the school. He is Maruge (Oliver Litondo), an old Mau Mau veteran in his 80s, who is desperate to learn to read at this late stage of his life. He fought for the liberation of his country and now feels he must have the chance at the education so long denied—even if it means sitting in a classroom alongside six-year-old children.
Moved by his passionate plea, head teacher Jane Obinchu (Naomie Harris) supports his struggle to gain admission, and together they face fierce opposition from parents and officials who don’t want to waste a precious school place on such an old man.
Full of vitality and humor, the film explores the remarkable relationships Maruge builds with classmates some 80 years his junior. Through Maruge’s journey, we are taken back to the shocking untold story of British colonial rule 50 years earlier, when Maruge fought for the freedom of his country and eventually ended up in the extreme and harsh conditions of the British detention camps.
The First Grader is a heartwarming and inspiring true story of one man’s fight for what he believes is his right in order to overcome the burdens of his past. It is a triumphant testimony to the transforming force of education.
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A meerkat takes in the day’s last rays of sun before returning to its den for the night.
Meerkats only hunt during daytime. At night, or when seeking relief from the heat, meerkat groups utilize several different burrows and move from one to another. Each burrow is an extensive tunnel-and-room system that remains cool even under the broiling African sun.
Two meerkat pups play in the sand.
Females give birth to two-to-four young each year. Fathers and siblings help raise the young, teaching them to play and forage, and alerting them to the ever-present danger from above. Young meerkats are so fearful of predatory birds that even airplanes will send them diving for cover.
Meerkats live in large colonies and are naturally affectionate animals. Gregarious creatures, they are often seen in groups, and several families may live together in a large community.
Meerkats are mongooses and are about the size of squirrels. They are famed for their upright posture—they often stand on their rear legs and gaze alertly over the southern African plains where they live. Mothers can even nurse their young while standing.
Meerkats face down a Cape cobra. Meerkats can only survive as a team—they rely on cooperation and operate in groups most of the time.
Two meerkat pups—about three weeks old—emerge from the safety of their den.
Young meerkats are highly curious and are constantly exploring their surroundings. By 12 weeks of age, they are already capable of feeding themselves, but they can become exhausted by the intense heat.