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International Film Series screens ‘The First Grader’

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From page A9 | October 03, 2012 |

“The First Grader,” a 2010 UK/USA/Kenya collaboration film directed by Justin Chadwick, will be screened Friday as part of the International Film Series.

The series is co-sponsored by the United Nations Association of Davis and International House. Doors at I-House, 10 College Park, open at 7:30 p.m. and the film begins promptly at 8 p.m.

There is no charge, but donations are accepted with gratitude to help cover the cost of DVD rental, facilities use and refreshments.

This true story is set in a remote primary school in the Kenyan bush, with hundreds of children competing for a chance at the free education newly promised by the government. One of the would-be applicants is Maruge (Oliver Litondo), a Mau Mau veteran in his 80s, desperate to become literate at this late stage in his life.

Moved by his passion to learn, head teacher Jane Obinchu (Naomie Harris) supports his struggle to gain admission. The film explores the relationships Maruge develops with classmates 80 years his junior, while viewers gradually learn details of his traumatic past under British colonial rule.

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