THE FIRST GRADER opens 5/13 – director Q&As at the Angelika and Beekman

May 12, 2011

THE FIRST GRADER opens this Friday at the Angelika Film Center New York.  Q&As with Director Justin Chadwick will follow the Friday, 5/13 and Saturday 5/14 7:30pm shows. Director Justin Chadwick, producer Sam Feuer and star Naomie Harris stopped by earlier this week to sign our Wall of Fame!  Check out the pictures below.






Tickets for the Angelika are available online. THE FIRST GRADER will also be playing at the Beekman – check their website for showtimes, ticket, and Q&A info.



One of the biggest crowd pleasers of this yearâ??s festival circuit, FIRST GRADER is the unlikely true story of Kimani Nâ??ganâ??ga Maruge, and 84-year-old Kenyan farmer and former Mau Mau tribesman who took advantage of his countryâ??s new free-education program to attend the first grade and learn to read.  Reluctant to admit an octogenarian alongside 6-year-olds, the school authorities also let tribal rivalries contribute to their suspicion of Maruge.  The film was the runner up to THE KINGâ??S SPEECH for the Peopleâ??s Choice Award at the Toronto Film Festival, won the Audience Award at Doha Tribeca Film Festival and was embraced by audiences at the prestigious Telluride Film Festival, where it debuted.  Director Justin Chadwick (THE OTHER BOLEYN GIRL, BBCâ??s BLEAK HOUSE) strikes a perfect balance between humor and tragic gravity, resulting in an uplifting story likely to stir the hearts of audiences worldwide.