In a small school in the Kenyan bush, hundreds of children are jostling for a chance for the free education newly promised by the government. One new applicant causes astonishment when he knocks on the door of the school. He is an old Mau Mau veteran in his eighties, who 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.
Full of vitality and humour, this inspiring true story explores the remarkable relationships Maruge builds with his classmates some eighty years his junior. 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. The filming process itself was quite extraordinary, as the children in the film had never even seen a film or television set before. Their involvement in the shoot was a totally novel experience, and their enthusiasm and energy is captured beautifully on screen.
US/Kenya Drama — 2010 — 1hr 43min