我的八十後同學 The First Grader
發行/主辦團體: Organization: 安樂影片有限公司 Edko Films Limited
《我的八十後同學》記錄了年屆84歲的老人馬魯格為了爭取學習權利的抗爭，也體現了教師有教無類的精神。故事根據真人真事改編，主人翁是列入健力士世界紀錄大全裡全球最年長的小學生。數年前他更獲邀到位於紐約的聯合國總部，向各國領袖發表了一篇名為《The Power of Education》的宣言，彰顯教育的重要性。
In a small, remote mountain top 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 (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 (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.
Full of vitality and humour, the film explores the remarkable relationships Maruge builds with his classmates some eighty years his junior. Through Maruge’s journey, we are taken back to the shocking untold story of British colonial rule 50 years earlier where Maruge fought for the freedom of his country, eventually ending up in the extreme and harsh conditions of the British detention camps.
Director: Justin Chadwick
Cast: Naomie Harris, Oliver Litondo