SUMMIT, NJ - 'The First Grader', true story of an 84-year old Kenyan villager who fights for his right to go to school for the first time to get the education he could never afford, will screen in Summit September 28, beginning at 7 p.m. A discussion of the film and the issues it raises will follow the film's showing.
The event is hosted by The Film Society of Summit and presented by representatives of Kiwimbi, a non-profit focused on creating opportunity through education through the creation of community learning centers supporting underserved populations.
The biographical drama directed by Justin Chadwick is a multi award-winning film, and stars Naomie Harris and Oliver Litondo in a both remarkable and uplifting story set in a small, remote mountain top primary school in the Kenyan bush. There, 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 (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.
The program will be held at MONDO Summit. located at 426 Springfield Avenue. Tickets for the screening are free and can be reserved in advance by contacting email@example.com. Seating is limited.