More About The First Grader

  • Photo: A scene from the film, The First Grader, with children running over a hill

    Watch the Trailer

    Watch The First Grader trailer in the Nat Geo video player.


  • Photo: A grown man sits in a classroom with little children.

    The Story

    Read more about this heartwarming, true story.

  • Photo: Oliver Litondo and a village student sit side by side in a scene from the film, The First Grader

    Theater Listings

    Check our theater listings to see where The First Grader will be playing in your area.

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Find a Theater

The First Grader is playing internationally. Check our theater listings to find out where you can see it.

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Watch the Trailer and Help Fund Literacy Education!

Each time The First Grader trailer is viewed on YouTube, Capella University will make a donation to three great literacy-education organizations.

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For Educators

Find ideas for classroom discussion about the film, The First Grader.

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