Sunday, July 17, 2011

Epistoli Highly Recommends: The First Grader

As someone who has been to Africa twice so far and especially to Kenya, I was intrigued by this movie.  I did not regret the decision to see it -- regardless of what the critics say.   Both my wife and I enjoyed it thoroughly.  We've seen these schools first-hand and the conditions in which education is supposed to take place.  We've also seen the poverty that keeps some children out (of free education) if they can't afford a uniform, a notebook, or a pencil.  We've still felt the ever so veiled prejudice one old tribe still has for another.

This movie helped us put it into perspective providing the history of Kenya before we ever got interested in it.   I highly recommend it for anyone that has been to Africa or anyone going.  If you've been, you'll identify with what you see.  If you are going, this will help you get prepared for what you will see, hear, and feel.   A must see for short-term and long-term mission participants as well.  (Not recommended for children due to some of the scenes depicting the violence that took place during the revolution to free Kenya.)   It is based on a real story.  It will stay in your mind for a long time.

Only playing in select theaters, but you may be able to find it soon on DVD for purchase or rental.  Make the effort.

The First Grader - Official Movie Site - National Geographic Movies



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