The First Grader


1h 43m 2011

Brief Synopsis

In 2003, the Kenyan government introduced free primary school for all. It was a surprise to all when 84-year-old village elder, Kimani Nganga Maruge, saw this as an opportunity of a lifetime to receive the education he had always wanted, but could never afford. With the help of Jane Obinchu, the pri

Film Details

Also Known As
First Grader, Lição de Vida, Uma Lição de Vida, plus vieil écolier du monde
MPAA Rating
Release Date
2011
Production Company
Bbc Films; Goldcrest; Goldcrest Films International; Origin Pictures; U.K. Film Council
Distribution Company
EQUINOXE FILMS/MAPLE PICTURES CORPORATION/NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC ENTERTAINMENT; A-Film Distribution; Benelux Film Distributors; Edko Films; Equinoxe Films; Equinoxe Films; Europa Filmes; Maple Pictures Corporation; Maple Pictures Corporation; National Geographic Entertainment; Rialto Distribution; Shaw Organization; Thunderbird Releasing; United International Pictures; Vivendi Entertainment
Location
Kenya; South Africa

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 43m

Synopsis

In 2003, the Kenyan government introduced free primary school for all. It was a surprise to all when 84-year-old village elder, Kimani Nganga Maruge, saw this as an opportunity of a lifetime to receive the education he had always wanted, but could never afford. With the help of Jane Obinchu, the principal of Maruge's village school, Kimani battles the opposition at a governmental level in his quest for an education.

Film Details

Also Known As
First Grader, Lição de Vida, Uma Lição de Vida, plus vieil écolier du monde
MPAA Rating
Release Date
2011
Production Company
Bbc Films; Goldcrest; Goldcrest Films International; Origin Pictures; U.K. Film Council
Distribution Company
EQUINOXE FILMS/MAPLE PICTURES CORPORATION/NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC ENTERTAINMENT; A-Film Distribution; Benelux Film Distributors; Edko Films; Equinoxe Films; Equinoxe Films; Europa Filmes; Maple Pictures Corporation; Maple Pictures Corporation; National Geographic Entertainment; Rialto Distribution; Shaw Organization; Thunderbird Releasing; United International Pictures; Vivendi Entertainment
Location
Kenya; South Africa

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 43m

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Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States on Video December 27, 2011

Limited Release in United States Spring May 13, 2011

Released in United States 2011

Released in United States on Video December 27, 2011

Limited Release in United States Spring May 13, 2011

Based on the true story Kimani Nganga Maruge, Guinness Book of World Records inductee as the oldest first-grader ever, who passed away in 2009 at the age of 90.

Released in United States 2011 (Opening Night Gala)