Invitation to the Screening of “The First Grader”

The First GraderTo mark International Literacy Day, Ciné-ONU and the Goethe Institute invite you to the screening of “The First Grader”, which will take place on Tuesday, 11 September 2012, at 6.30 pm at the Goethe Institute in Brussels.

About the film

This critically acclaimed film, directed by Justin Chadwick and starring Oliver Litondo and Naomi Harris, has been included in the official selections of the Toronto, London, and Durban International film festivals.

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, 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.

Runtime: 103′
Language: English

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The film will be followed by a Q&A with:

• Dr. Obdaiah Mailafia, The African, Caribbean, and Pacific Group of States Secretariat
• Ms. Jeniffer Njiru, Embassy of the Republic of Kenya
• Ms. Joanna Maycock, ActionAid International
• Ms. Marie-Paule Roudil, UNESCO Brussels Office


There is no entrance fee, but as places are limited, it is important to register by sending an email to: [email protected], with the subject field ‘The First Grader’ and your full name and full name of guest (if applicable).

Maximum tickets per person: 2.
If you do not receive a confirmation of your registration via e-mail, please contact us again.

How to get there

Goethe Institute Brussels, Rue Belliardstraat 58, 1040 Brussels

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