The third film selected by Kicking Horse Culture to be a part of this years Film Kicks will take viewers back to school on Dec. 1 at 7:30 p.m at the Golden Cinema. The First Grader, based on a true story, tells the tale of Kimani N’gan’ga Maruge (Oliver Litondo), an 84-year-old man who makes the decision to go back to school after the government of Kenya announces it will offer free primary education. Maruge never had the opportunity to learn and attend school so he figures it’s never too late to start.
A Mau Mau veteran, Maruge’s character helped liberate Kenya from British colonial rule. During this time he spent his youth fighting for freedom but now he has a new final goal in life which is to learn to read.
However all is not perfect in the world because when he arrives at the school gate the teacher Jane (Naomie Harris) at the school informs him he must be turned away.
Director Justin Chadwick (The Other Boleyn Girl) aims to tell a story which could happen at any time.
The cast itself brings together many strong performances in this tale of setting a goal and seeing it through.
As well as working on big budget Hollywood Movies such as Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, Naomie Harris (Jane) continues to choose a great variety of smaller films that showcase her ability to bring passion to the big screen. Harris graduated with honours from Cambridge University in 1998 with a degree in social and political science. She went on to train at the prestigious Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and had her first major acting breakthrough in 2002 with Danny Boyle’s zombie horror film 28 Days Later.
Vusi Kunene (Mr Kipruto) has been cast in many different roles which have earned him honours such as an Avanti award for Best Actor for his work on a drama series Justice for All. He was nominated for an NTVA award for Best Actor for his role of Daniel Mofokeng in Homelands and was nominated for the same award three years in a row (2002-2004) for his role as Jack Mabaso in Generations.
Tony Kgoroge, who plays Charles Obinchuin in the film, is well known for his work on such movies as Blood Diamond, Lord of War, Hotel Rwanda and Invictus, directed by Clint Eastwood.
People planning to attend are reminded to bring cash at the door with tickets costing Non-Member $12; Adult Member $10; Student $5.