ELFs: The First Grader
ELFs & Kino Monplexx:
The First Grader
The true story of an 84 year-old Kenyan villager and ex Mau Mau freedom fighter who fights for his right to go to
school for the first time to get the education he could never afford.
Set in a mountain village in Kenya the film tells the remarkable true and uplifting story of a proud old Mau Mau veteran who is determined to seize his last chance to learn to read and write - and so ends up joining a class alongside six year-olds. Together he and his young teacher face fierce resistance, but ultimately they win through - and also find a new way of overcoming the burdens of the colonial past.
UK/USA/Kenya 2011; 103 min; English without Subtitles
Director: Justin Chadwick
Cast: Naomie Harris, Oliver Litondo, Tony Kgoroge