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A SMALL ACT
UK: Dogwoof Pictures
Cast: Chris Mburu
Director: Jennifer Arnold
Language: English / Kikuyu / Swahili / Swedish
UK: 88 mins
UK Certificate: 12A contains brief real images of injury
UK Release Date: 15 April 2011 (Limited Release)
Official Selection 2010 Sundance Film Festival
Official Selection Edinburgh International Festival
When Hilde Back sponsored a young, rural Kenyan student, she thought nothing of it. She certainly never expected to hear from him, but years later she does. Now a Harvard graduate and a Human Rights Lawyer for the United Nations, Chris Mburu decides to find the stranger that changed his life. Inspired by her generosity, he starts a scholarship program of his own and names it for his former benefactor.
The top students in Mukubu primary school are in the exact same situation as Chris once was. They are bright, but can’t afford to pay school fees. With the creation of Chris’ fund, these students have new hope. But the program is small; how many will qualify for a scholarship?
A SMALL ACT, the second feature-length documentary from acclaimed writer/director Jennifer Arnold (AMERICAN MULLET) and bears witness to the resonant effect a single action can create.