Kenyan drama The First Grader is merely an elementary effort

Kenyan drama The First Grader is merely an elementary effort

10:04 PM on 23rd June 2011

Rating: 1 Star Rating

Glorious cinematography: Naomie Harris playing Jane Obinchu in The First Grader teaches a youngster in the film about the importance of education

Glorious cinematography: Naomie Harris playing Jane Obinchu in The First Grader teaches a youngster in the film about the importance of education

Determined: Head teacher Jane runs into bigoted opposition from the education authorities and local parents

Determined: Head teacher Jane runs into bigoted opposition from the education authorities and local parents

Highlight: Oliver Litondos dignified performance as Maruge, an 84-year-old illiterate man in rural Kenya, is the standout part of the film

Highlight: Oliver Litondos dignified performance as Maruge, an 84-year-old illiterate man in rural Kenya, is the standout part of the film

Poor show: Any feelgood effect is minimised by a naive screenplay, plodding pace and ham-fisted direction by Justin Chadwick

Poor show: Any feelgood effect is minimised by a naive screenplay, plodding pace and ham-fisted direction by Justin Chadwick