'The First Grader' Showing Thursday at Berkeley Heights Library
Tuesday, July 10, 2012 • 10:02am
Berkeley Heights Public Library kicks off its Summer International Film Festival on Thursday, July 12 at 7 p.m. with "The First Grader," a drama set in Kenya. In a small, remote mountain top primary school in the 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, an old Mau Mau veteran in his eighties, who is desperate to learn to read at this late stage of his life. Full of vitality and humor, 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 British detention camps. This film is rated PG-13 and in English with captions for the hearing impaired. Free and open to all. The door to the meeting room will be opened at 6:45 p.m. The Library is located at 290 Plainfield Avenue in Berkeley Heights. For more information, call (908) 464-9333 or go to http://bhplnj.org.