The First Grader: It’s Like Back to School Meets Africa, Only Good

The First Grader: It’s Like Back to School Meets Africa, Only Good
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When the Kenyan government institutes a new free-education policy, 84-year-old Kimani N’gan’ga Maruge is ready to learn and enrolls at his local primary school. What sounds like a festival-movie parody—it’s Billy Madison meets Hotel Rwanda!—turns out to be a politically complex, emotionally charged history lesson. Maruge, it turns out, is a former Mau Mau freedom fighter who spent years in prison camps after watching his family be executed. His longing for an education is more nuanced than it may seem. The British empire does not come off well. recommended


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Well, no. If we come off well in a film about Africa and our empire, someone's not doing their job right.
Posted by David R. on May 28, 2011 at 1:27 AM · Report this
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I must admit to always being a little confused when you write something straight, Lindy. But thanks, since I hadn't heard of it before, and now I've made plans to see it at a indie theatre in my town.
Posted by Canadian Nurse on May 28, 2011 at 1:19 PM · Report this
Please make it stop!, Let Lindy West review Hooters, or Facts of Life reruns or the fat content of twizzlers and how Dan should be more tolerant of twizzlers eaters, but for Fuck's sake, please leave film reviewing to people who know something about film.
Posted by Whydoeslindywesthaveajob? on June 2, 2011 at 11:14 PM · Report this

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