Summer International Film Festival Begins At Springfield Library

SPRINGFIELD–The Summer International Film Festival begins at the Springfield Free Public Library on Thursday, July 5. The library will screen “The First Grader” (2010) at 1 and 7 p.m.

In a small, remote school in the Kenyan bush, an 84-year-old man commences his long-delayed education as a first grader. He is Maruge, an old Mau Mau veteran who is desperate to learn to read at this late stage of his life. This film explores the remarkable relationships Maruge builds with his classmates, some eighty years his junior. Through Maruge’s journey, 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 British detention camps. Rated PG-13. 103 minutes.

The Summer International Film Festival will take place on Thursday afternoons and evenings for a period of six weeks. Future screenings include “Laila’s Birthday”, “Queen to Play”, “Korkoro”, “The Artist” and “Nora’s Will.”

Funding for the film program has been made possible in part by the NJ State Council on the Arts, Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, through a grant administered by the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs and by the Friends of the Springfield Free Public Library.

Admission is free and refreshments are served. Assistive listening devices are available upon request. The Springfield Free Public Library is located at 66 Mountain Avenue. For more information, call 1-973-376-4930 or visit

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