Film screening and speaker at JCC on Feb. 3

The Jewish Community Center of Middlesex County (JCCMC) will present speaker Susan London and the award-winning film, “The First Grader,” on Feb. 3 at 1:30 p.m.

Based on a true story, this African film shows the amazing determination of an 84- year-old Kenyan man, Kimani Murugue, who wants to take advantage of a new universal education law and learn how to read. A former Mau Mau freedom fighter, he faces government bureaucracy, ageism and tribal prejudice.

London will lead a discussion of the film after the screening. She has a master’s in theater from Hunter College, a master’s in psychology from the New School, and a doctorate in aging and education from Teachers College, Columbia University, N.Y. She was the founder and director of the Theater for Older People, an off-off Broadway company at the Little Church Around the Corner in New York City, as well as the director of the JASA Theater Ensemble.

Refreshments will be served. The cost to attend is $5 for JCCMC members and $8 for nonmembers. To register, send the names of the participants, along with a check payable to the JCC, to Jewish Community Center of Middlesex County, 1775 Oak Tree Road, Edison, NJ 08820, Attn: Diane Mael, and write “The First Grader film” in the memo section.

For more information on this and other upcoming programs at the JCC, call Diane Mael, director of adult services, at 732- 494-3232, ext. 614.