A Small Act (15)



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Tue Apr 12 2011

An engaging illustration of the power of giving, this compassionate, assertive documentary begins with the story of Chris Mburu, whose life was dramatically altered by a stranger’s kindness. As a bright but deprived child growing up in rural Kenya, Mburu was chosen to receive educational funding from a Swedish sponsor. Now a human-rights lawyer working for the UN, Mburu tracks down his astonished benefactor, a retired schoolteacher and Holocaust survivor, Hilde Back. Inspired by her, Mburu sets up a sponsorship scheme of his own and the film also follows three deserving young scholars who hope to benefit from similar generosity.

Infused with the unabashed optimism of Mburu – understandably passionate about education – it’s a gregarious film which avoids dry facts and political context and instead focuses on the situations, needs and voices of individuals. ‘A Small Act’ is a blazing rhapsody: an enormously big-hearted work which, in its devastating simplicity, effectively demonstrates the exponential impact of a single gesture of goodwill.


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UK release:

Fri Feb 18, 2011


88 mins

Cast and crew


Jennifer Arnold

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