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The “First Grader” seeks Oscar attention

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    The "First Grader" seeks Oscar attention

    The story of "The First Grader" is a classic underdog tale: an 84-year-old Kenyan man fights to be educated, even if that means attending an elementary school. Now the film's producers are launching their own against-all-odds effort, trying to bring the movie to the attention of Oscar voters with little help from its distributor.

    After its premiere at last year's Telluride Film Festival, the independently financed feature was acquired by National Geographic Entertainment, a relatively new player in the theatrical world. "The First Grader," which was inspired by a story in the Los Angeles Times, was a runner-up to "The King's Speech" for the important audience award at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival and won audience awards at several smaller
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