Kerry Brown/National Geographic Entertainment
By Published: May 12, 2011

The First Grader, directed by Justin Chadwick and written by Ann Peacock, tells the remarkable true story of Kimani Ng’ang’a Maruge, an illiterate member of the Kikuyu tribe in Kenya who enrolled in a rural primary school in 2003, when he was 84.  The Kenyan government had recently established universal free education, and in claiming his right to it.  Mr. Maruge became both an inspiration and a lightning rod.  He was invited to New York to address the United Nations, but in his own country his embodiment of the concept of lifelong learning was decidedly controversial.”

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2 thoughts on “The First Grader: A Simple Quest for Literacy Hits a Wall of Politics

    1. At this time, the BFC/A has no plans to screen it. I know the IU Cinema is working on their fall schedule but I have no idea if they plan to screen it.

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