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Name: VARESE SARABANDE
Number: VAR67099

THE FIRST GRADER (CD)
Composed by: Alex Heffes

In a small, remote mountaintop primary school in the Kenyan bush, hundreds of children are jostling for a chance for the free education newly promised by the Kenyan government. One new applicant causes astonishment when he knocks on the door of the school. He is Maruge (Oliver Litondo), an old Mau Mau veteran in his eighties, who is desperate to learn to read at this late stage of his life. He fought for the liberation of his country and now feels he must have the chance of an education so long denied — even if it means sitting in a classroom alongside six-year-olds. Moved by his passionate plea, head teacher Jane Obinchu (Naomie Harris), supports his struggle to gain admission and together they face fierce opposition from parents and officials who don’t want to waste a precious school place on such an old man.

1. Maruge Digs (2:20)
2. Courage Performed by Vieux Farka Touré (4:19)
3. The School (2:40)
4. Maruge Buys His Uniform (1:56)
5. Buried Memories (3:49)
6. The Raid (2:47)
7. I Had A Family (3:14)
8. Teach Me To Read (2:30)
9. Maruge’s Fame Spreads (2:15)
10. The Execution (3:48)
11. We Want Our Cut (3:14)
12. The Childrens’ Rebellion (3:25)
13. Maruge’s Speech And Jane Returns (5:27)
14. Reading The Letter (2:14)
15. Walk On (End Title Song) featuring Kawesa (2:56)
16. Playground Song (2:28)

  
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