Kenyan drama The First Grader is merely an elementary effort

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