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A Small Act


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, which gives a new generation of Kenyan students the hope of affording an education. With clarity and grace, A Small Act bears witness to the ripple effect one singular action can have.


  • Michelle Kung, The Wall Street Journal
    Secretary-General [Ban Ki-Moon] PRAISED [THE] FILM, for "highlighting the importance of giving all children an education in the fight against ignorance and bigotry."
  • Marc Skvirsky, Facing History and Ourselves
    "A Small Act is such A POWERFUL FILM to use in classrooms across the globe. It demonstrates how individuals can make a profound difference in the world."
  • The Hollywood Reporter
  • The Huffington Post
  • Christian Science Monitor

Festival Participation

  • Emmy Award Nominee
    Best Documentary
  • Nantucket Film Festival
    Audience Award
  • Sundance Film Festival
  • HotDocs Film Festival
  • Edinburgh International Film Festival
  • Los Angeles Film Festival

Additional Materials

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