Thanks to Rialto here is your chance to win one of 20 x The First Grader in season double passes.Starring
: Naomie Harris (28 Days Later) and Oliver LitondoDirector
: Justin Chadwick (The Other Boleyn Girl) Writter
: Ann Peacock (The Chronicles of Narnia, Nights in Rodanthe) Rating
: MRunning Time
: 120 minutes
In a small, remote mountain top 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 new applicant causes astonishment when he knocks on the door of the school. He is Maruge (Litondo), an old Mau Mau veteran in his eighties, 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 of an education so long denied... even if it means sitting in a classroom alongside six-year-olds.
Moved by his passionate plea, head teacher Jane Obinchu (Harris), supports his struggle to gain admission and together they face fierce opposition from parents and officials who dont want to waste a precious school place on such an old man.
Full of vitality and humour, the film explores the remarkable relationships Maruge builds with his classmates some eighty years his junior, and through Maruge's journey, we are taken back to the shocking untold story of British colonial rule 50 years earlier, where Maruge fought for the freedom of his country. The First Grader
Release Date: 17 November 2011