The First Grader

( 1 )

Overview

An educator must stand up for the rights of an unusual student in this drama from director Justin Chadwick, which is based on a true story. In 2002, the government of Kenya announces that free education will be available to the nation's children for the first time, and as principal Jane Obinchu Naomie Harris enrolls hundreds of new first grade students in her ramshackle school, she's greeted by one prospective student who stands out -- N'gan'ga Maruge Oliver Litondo, who is 84 years old. Maruge is illiterate and ...
See more details below
DVD (Wide Screen)
$18.95
BN.com price
(Save 5%)$19.99 List Price

Pick Up In Store

Reserve and pick up in 60 minutes at your local store

Other sellers (DVD)
  • All (11) from $7.38   
  • New (6) from $13.05   
  • Used (5) from $7.38   

Overview

An educator must stand up for the rights of an unusual student in this drama from director Justin Chadwick, which is based on a true story. In 2002, the government of Kenya announces that free education will be available to the nation's children for the first time, and as principal Jane Obinchu Naomie Harris enrolls hundreds of new first grade students in her ramshackle school, she's greeted by one prospective student who stands out -- N'gan'ga Maruge Oliver Litondo, who is 84 years old. Maruge is illiterate and wants the chance to improve himself before it's too late; Obinchu initially turns him away, but Maruge isn't easily dissuaded, and after he keeps returning to the school Obinchu agrees to let him enroll. When word gets out that an octogenarian farmer is attending Obinchu's school as a first grader, many in the community are puzzled and outraged, and the news media picks up on the story, turning it into a nationwide controversy. But Maruge stands firm, and as others learn his remarkable story -- he was a rebel soldier who fought for Kenya's freedom during the colonial era -- his need to educate himself no longer seems like the eccentric whim of an old man. The First Grader was an official selection at the 2010 Telluride Film Festival.
Read More Show Less

Special Features

Making of; Docu-short; Bonus interviews; Coming attractions
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/27/2011
  • UPC: 727994754107
  • Original Release: 2010
  • Rating:

  • Source: Nat'l Geographic Vid
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Time: 1:43:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 14,133

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Oliver Litondo Kimani N'gan'ga Maruge
Naomie Harris Jane Obinchu
Emily Njoki Young Maruge's Wife
Hannah Wacera Maruge's Daughter
John Kimani Maruge's Baby Son
Lwanda Jawar Young Maruge
Daniel Ndambuki DJ Masha
Macharia Kamau DJ's PA
Abubakar Mwenda Boie
Tom Gitau Old Codger
Watson Mbirua Old Codger
Shadrack Murimi Gachuhi Old Codger
Mwenga Matilika Old Codger
Agnes Simaloi Agnes
Alfred Munyua Teacher Alfred
Shoki Mokgapa Teacher Elizabeth
Kathyline Ndogori Teacher Katherine
Israel Makoe David Chege
Kamau Mbaya Kamau Chege
Shirlen Wangari Mother Wanjiku
Benta Ochieng Mother Benta
Peter Emera Pious Jonas
Joel Rempesa Joel
Peter Marias Peter
Eunice Tekero Village Woman
Jackie Musimbi Village Girl
Susan Sisian Young Mother
Tony Kgoroge Charles Obinchu
Kurenda ole Kureya Maasai Store Owner
Nick Redding Officer Johnson
Nick Ndichu Mau Mau Oath Giver
Paul Mbogo Mau Mau Leader
Zingaro Percussions Mau Mau Warriors
Jeannette Elsworth Plantation Owner's Wife
Kamau Ndungu John Gambe
Vusumuzi Michael Kunene Mr. Kipruto
Mary Mbirua Stall Owner
Catherine Njiru Stall Owner
Mumbi Kaigwa Education Secretary
Charles Ouda Adult School Teacher
Rachel Jones BBC Journalist
Lydia Gitachu CNN Journalist
Sam Feuer American Journalist
Gilbert Lukhalia Mr. Mutahi/Politician
Melvin Alusa Mr. Mutahi's Aide
Irene Kariuki Mrs. Muthumba
Rosemary Nyambura Jacquie (P.A. to the Chairman)
Ainea Ojiambo Education Official
Michael Oyier Newsreader
Technical Credits
Justin Chadwick Director
Nicola Blacker Associate Producer
Sam Feuer Producer
Tosh Gitonga Asst. Director
Richard Harding Producer
Rob Hardy Cinematographer
Alex Heffes Score Composer
Trevor Ingman Co-producer
Margie Kiundi Casting
Paul Knight Editor
Moonyeenn Lee Casting
Norman Merry Executive Producer
Gillianne Obaso Makeup
Joe Oppenheimer Executive Producer
Sophie Oprisano Costumes/Costume Designer
Ann Peacock Screenwriter
Ed Rubin Associate Producer
Deborah Saban Asst. Director
Anant Singh Executive Producer
Julian Slater Sound/Sound Designer
Vittoria Sogno Production Designer
Helena Spring Executive Producer
David M. Thompson Producer
Denise Tran Associate Producer
Read More Show Less

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The First Grader
1. Preface [3:13]
2. Free Education [7:32]
3. Teacher Jane [4:10]
4. An Executive Decision [4:29]
5. Asking for Trouble [3:26]
6. Old Ears [3:51]
7. Past is Present [10:08]
8. Rumblings [6:02]
9. Goats [8:35]
10. The Power is in the Pen [2:25]
11. Growing Controversy [7:39]
12. Still Learning [7:37]
13. Out of Hand [10:07]
14. The Children Vote [7:14]
15. Maruge Speaks [5:32]
16. Welcome Back [2:19]
17. Prisoner 4339 [4:31]
18. Credits [4:16]
Read More Show Less

Menu

Disc #1 -- The First Grader
   Play Feature
   Set Up
      Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English On
      Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English Off
      Play/Resume
   Scene Selection
   Bonus Features
      Making of The First Grader
      Theatrical Trailer
      Documentary Short
      Bonus Interviews
      Get Involved: Global Campaign for Education-US
      Coming Attractions
         Life in a Day
         Desert Flower
         Benda Bilili
   Credits
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 5
( 1 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(1)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing 1 Customer Reviews
  • Posted April 6, 2013

    Incredible film. it is warm portrayal of Maruge. The film show

    Incredible film. it is warm portrayal of Maruge. The film shows the power of faith, education, and conviction. It is worth owning and watching.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
Sort by: Showing 1 Customer Reviews