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Movie Review: Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.25.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Given how much history this film has to cover, it tends to jump around. But Idris Elba is its anchor, physically and emotionally, just as Mandela himself held the movement that was the African National Congress together, even as he moldered in a jail cell on Robben Island.

New U2 Song Highlights 'Mandela' Trailer

The Huffington Post | Matthew Jacobs | Posted 10.18.2013 | Entertainment

"They can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart." So says Nelson Mandela, as played with what looks like rich commitment...

Being Teacher Jane: A Lesson In Kenyan Education

Naomie Harris | Posted 07.19.2011 | Impact
Naomie Harris

Two weeks before cameras started rolling for The First Grader, I traveled to Kenya and was introduced to students as "Teacher Jane." That is how I began the hardest job of my life -- teaching.

British Director Justin Chadwick Gets the Gold Star for The First Grader

Brad Balfour | Posted 07.16.2011 | Entertainment
Brad Balfour

The First Grader tells a basic heartfelt story about an older man, the 84-year-old Kimani N'gan'ga Maruge, finally fulfilling a long-unresolved dream -- to learn to read.

ReThink Review: The First Grader -- Reading, Writing and Rebellion

Jonathan Kim | Posted 07.13.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

The First Grader tells the true story of Kimani Maruge, an 84-year-old veteran of Kenya's Mau Mau Uprising who earned a place in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's oldest primary school student.

The Global Search for Education: The Way Out of Poverty

C. M. Rubin | Posted 07.10.2011 | Education
C. M. Rubin

American educators and policy makers are trying to figure out how we, as a highly developed nation, can improve our education systems so that America can stay at the top in a rapidly changing world.

HuffPost Review: The First Grader

Marshall Fine | Posted 07.10.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The First Grader will move you, even as it reminds you of the worlds that reading can unlock. It's nice to see a movie that makes education seem like an important thing, given the anti-intellectualism that seems so rampant in the country today.