Sunday, May 29, 2011

ticket to a better life

It's not a feel-good movie. The main character, an 84-year-old African man, has too many excruciating memories for that. But I would call The First Grader a feel-hopeful movie. Based on a true story, it opens with Maruge, a Mau Mau veteran, receiving a letter from the government which he cannot read. Hoping to become literate, he tries to attend the free primary school just opened by the government and all kind of problems ensue. There is tragedy, drama, beauty, humor. The two main actors are marvelous. The soundtrack is haunting and exquisite. For the price of your ticket, you'll leave cherishing a free education, great teachers, the gift of being able to read and write, and - above all - freedom.

1 comment:

Diane said...

Good for Joedance?