The First Grader is a 2010 film directed by Justin Chadwick, starring Naomie Harris, Oliver Litondo, and Tony Kgoroge, and based on the true story of Kimani Maruge, a Kenyan
man who enrolled in elementary education at the age of 84 after the
Kenyan government announced universal and free elementary education in
2003. The British-produced film was shot on location in the Rift Valley in Kenya, despite earlier reports that it would be filmed in South Africa. Director Justin Chadwick
said: "We could have shot it in South Africa, but Kenya has this
unbelievable, inexplicable energy - inherent in the children, and the
people we were making the film about".
Producers Sam Feuer and Richard Harding had previously released the short documentary filmThe First Grader: The True Story of Kimani N'gan'ga Maruge (2006).