“The First Grader”, according to “Variety” film critic Peter DeBruge, is an “uplifting true story of the world’s oldest primary school student.” The story takes place in a small, remote primary school in the Kenyan bush, where 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, 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 should 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 supports his struggle to gain admission.
Together they face fierce opposition from parents and officials who don’t want to waste a precious scholarship on such an old man. [2009, France, Runtime: 84 min, Not Rated, French with English subtitles]
Following the screening, Kathleen Kelley, a former literature and film teacher, will lead a discussion.
Monthly screenings are $3 for Rehoboth Beach Film Society members (current membership card must be presented), and $5 for non-members. Attendees of the Ocean View screening at DiFebo’s get 10% off their meal on the evening of the screening. DiFebo’s begins serving dinner at 4:30 pm, reservations and early arrivals for dinner are encouraged.