The history told about the way the British treated people in their own country torture and taking the family from them. The Old man was very brave and keen to learn to read for the one official letter. he had more to offer the children.
Great story about Kenya's past and how they suffered under the British. But heartwarming in the end about this man's struggle to be able to read.
was a good movie very graffic in parts though however you had to continue to watch to see how the movie concludes.
Powerful, tragic but inspiring. A warning the "shooting scene" is a real heart wrencher, my wife couldn't look and just balled and I just shook my head in appalled wonder at how people can do such terrible things. But still, a great movie.
Excellent production. Great acting and a compelling story. Such an insight into the hardships experienced and the power of individual perseverance. Well recommended for any audience.
A truly inspirational movie about overcoming adversity. While a bit of an emotional roller coaster this amazing true story is capably told courtesy of great actors. Highly recommended!
just wish this film was part of western society curriculum, disturbing but uplifting
Both my husband and I really loved this movie which gave an insight into Kenyas' transition from rule by the English to independence - great story
A great little movie - a pity they don't make more movies like this.
If I'd known this was a true story it would be been even more enjoyable - true stories don't have the same pace as fiction. However it was just lovely, very natural, extremely interesting, explained some historical events that I was ignorant of and it held my attention from beginning to end and through the second viewing. Certainly there was violence and some horror but that is life.
A little slow in parts but the main actors carried their roles very well, even some of the young children who had featured roles. Those little ones - too cute. Very moving and enjoyable film.
Totally delightful!! Beautifully acted - I love the actress who played the teacher - making very believable characters. And based on a true story! Definitely recommend this movie.
This was an excellant movie, we watched it twice. Very well acted and an inspiring story.
We love films based on true stories. This one was no exception. Amazing to see the courage exhibited by this man, reenacted by the lead character.
Also, being married to a teacher and hearing what he endures from some of the kids he teaches, it's terrific to observe children who crave knowledge and see it as a privilege to be able to go to school and receive an education. I wish more children appreciated this opportunity in Australia. We're very lucky.
An Amazing story and confronting how we humans treat each other. A must see to the whole family and should be discussed over the dinner table. Highly recommend this.
This was unexpectedly awful. It had rave reviews when it was in Perth at the Film Festival. The film was very good, but the content was horrific, particularly to one who had been raised in a 'colonial country' - not this one, thankfully, and had a very happy childhood. The backstory of the First Grader was set in Mau Mau times, with terrible torture of African people. It left me feeling terrible.
Thoroughly enjoyed this movie - I realised how ignorant I am of what has happened or is happening overseas. A brilliant movie
Another genuine story to come out of Africa. Unfortunately it is a reflection of man's inhumanity to man (from both sides), but on the other hand man's indominatable spirit shines through. Well worth a watch.
Just like the rest of the viewers have said,this movie is fantastic. It would make even the most mean hearted person cry. I think the 'violent' scenes make it what it is as it shows just how determined the old man is, and without it, there would be no emotion. Easily 5 stars.
Thoroughly enjoyed this one. An inspirational man.
Top Movie. Everyone should see this movie. Most enjoyable.
A wonderful movie but so so gut wrenching and at times very emotional. Inspriational story. Smiles and tears, excellent viewing.
A great movie,though some scenes could have been left out which made it hard to watch at times,but overall it leaves you with inspiration and admiration for this guy who went through so much but was determined to get an education before you died. Awesome!
Very good movie, but incredibly gut wrenching. I expected a nice light hearted movie, but got totally dragged into his past. Broke my heart. Good on him for pushing so hard to get the education he never could when he was younger. Bring a big box of tissues with you when you watch it.
Good, heartwarming movie.
Very good movie. Well worth watching
I enjoyed this movie, very indicative of the time it was set and the determination of one man.
absolutely top rate movie.
This is a beautiful movie, make sure you have a box of tissues handy.
excellent true story, one can't help but feel like their life has been enriched by watching this movie...makes me realise how lucky we are here in this country.
Loved this movie! It made me laugh, it made me cry (although I cry easily) and I thoroughly enjoyed it! I wish the old man was my grandpa.
Enjoyed the movie - funny and sad.
Heart renching but very enjoyable.....tissues essential.
What a wonderful story. The scenes of the past showing the cruelty of colonialism will bring tears to your eyes, compared with the triumph of a Principal who simply will not discriminate against an older man who just wants to learn to read. Simple story and just loved it. A definite number 1 on my all time lost of favourites....
Some scenes hard to watch - but a wonderful film.
Inspiring story but features a lot of flashbacks to the violence done to his wife and child. Very disturbing viewing.
Until I watched this wonderful movie I had thought that the Mau Mau was a terrible group of people creating and causing bloodshed and terror, just for the sheer thrill of it, the bad guys. After watching the movie I decided to do some research. I am 56 years old and have only just realized at least part of the truth, and once again realized how powerful propaganda is. My brother still believes that the Vietnam war was about keeping communism from Australia! That was the propaganda of the time. I'm thankful to this movie for prompting me to go on a journey of discovery. Once again the British were brutal and bloodthirsty in their quest to conquer.
A truly inspirational story, well acted with simplicity and great dignity.
This is a really good movie with an inspiring story. However I agree with another review posted here - there are some scenes showing violence and torture which is a bit confronting, so don't expect this to be an entirely heart-warming viewing experience.
Also it is worth looking up more info on the Mau Mau rebellion on Wikipedia as this film shows only small grabs in a rather superficial way - the history behind it is far more complex and some more background will help make sense of some other aspects of this film.
a beautiful story,shows you can do anything.wonderful
wonderful story worth a watch
GREAT film. It ran the gamult of all emotions - but was a little more violent than I had expected so don't let kids watch it! But it was a great story, I'd definitely recomment to all.
Beautiful .. heart felt ... up there with "THE HELP" and "THE BLIND SIDE" definitely worth it
Loved this movie- well made. There is something everyone can learn from this film- not to take the "basic" things in life for granted.