Monday, April 22, 2013

WATCH: The First Grader

Mema wo Abibifahodie!
Greetings of Afrikan Liberation!

6th Abibitumi.kasa Movie Discussion!

Our Selection: 
The First Grader

In a small, remote mountain top primary school in the Kenyan bush, hundreds of children are jostling for a chance for the free education newly promised by the Kenyan government. One new applicant causes astonishment when he knocks on the door of the school. He is Maruge (Oliver Litondo), an old Mau Mau veteran in his eighties, who is desperate to learn to read at this late stage of his life. He fought for the liberation of his country and now feels he must have the chance of an education so long denied – even if it means sitting in a classroom alongside six-year-olds.

Moved by his passionate plea, head teacher Jane Obinchu (Naomie Harris), supports his struggle to gain admission and together they face fierce opposition from parents and officials who don’t want to waste a precious school place on such an old man.

Full of vitality and humour, the film explores the remarkable relationships Maruge builds with his classmates some eighty years his junior. Through Maruge’s journey, we are taken back to the shocking untold story of British colonial rule 50 years earlier where Maruge fought for the freedom of his country, eventually ending up in the extreme and harsh conditions of the British detention camps.

**We now can live-stream a movie selection to be enjoyed by all of us at the same time, but we ask that you view it earlier so that we can use the scheduled time to discuss it.  However, if you would like to reference a certain clip during the discusison, we will be able to view it in the classroom.
Take the time to watch and be ready to talk!  :afrika:

You can view the movie here:

Asar Maa Ra Gray
~ Nehast (Wake-up)

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