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The First Grader

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Justin Chadwick


Oliver Litondo
Naomie Harris
Tony Kgoroge
Sam Feuer


2011 National Geographic Entertainment

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In this biographical drama, 84-year-old Kimani N’gan’ga Maruge (Oliver Litondo) intends to prove it is never too late to learn. So he takes advantage of the Kenyan government's offer to provide free education. However, the authorities only intended to teach children and the old man's presence in the classroom causes controversy.

Content Details

Why Is The First Grader Rated PG-13?

The First Grader is rated PG-13 for some disturbing violent content and brief nudity.

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Here is additional information on sex, violence and profanity in The First Grader...

Violence: Villagers are beaten, tortured and imprisoned by invading armies. Prisoners are stripped, blasted with water and packed into a small area. A man is forced to watch his wife and children killed. A man has a pencil jabbed into his ear. Another character is hung by his feet and whipped repeatedly. Some bloody injuries are seen briefly. A woman has her child pulled away from her. Characters receive threatening calls and are the victim of some violent acts. A man hits others with a stick. Characters spread lies and throw objects at others.

Sexual Content: Male nudity is seen briefly in a nonsexual context when prisoners are stripped. A couple kisses. Some brief sexual discussions occur.

Language: The script includes only a handful of mild and moderate profanities.

Alcohol / Drug Use: Men repeatedly invite another to come and drink with them. Some secondary characters smoke.

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Canadian Movie Ratings

PG Violence.
AB 14A Disturbing Content.
MB 14A Not Recommended For Children, Violence
ON PG Not Recommended For Young Children.
Not Rated

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