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THE FIRST GRADER, TIFF 2010′s People’s Choice runner-up, picked up by National Geographic

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
September 20th, 2010

While the big winner at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, THE KING'S SPEECH, already has backing, the runner-up for the festival’s People’s Choice Award has just found a home.

Variety is reporting that National Geographic has picked up Justin Chatwin’s film, THE FIRST GRADER.

The film "chronicles the efforts of [the 84-year-old] Maruge, a Mau Mau rebel who seeks out the free education promised by the Kenyan government--even if it means sitting in a first-grade classroom. His teacher supports his struggle, even as parents and officials say it's a waste of time and resources to educate such an old man." Talk about tugging at the heart strings.

I haven’t heard much about the film, but what I have heard about it has been more than positive. The film sounds really interesting, and seems like a completely different change of pace for Chatwin, director of THE OTHER BOLEYN GIRL. It looks like a great film, and is an interesting pick up for National Geographic.

What do you think about this news?

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