Tuesday, 29 May 2012

The First Grader: DVD Review

The First Grader: DVD Review

Rating: M
Released by Vendetta Films and Rialto

Based on a true story, this inspirational tale is likely to melt even the hardest of hearts.

It's set in Kenya in 2003; this is the tale of one man, Maruge and his quest to get an education at the age of 84 years old - despite the powers that be trying to hold him down at every point.

There's a reason he wants to learn to read and as it plays out, flashbacks reveal what kind of life Maruge has had and what he wants to make a change.

Oliver Litondo is extremely watchable as Maruge, the old man who has secrets but wants to better himself and start anew; sure, you can see the challenges which are ahead for Maruge and for any school that takes him on, but this story is simply told and perfectly acted throughout.

Sure, it's got some overtly touching moments, but you just can't help but be moved by The First Grader - it's a life affirming, at times humorous watch and one of those tales which needs to be told.


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