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A Small Act

Jennifer Arnold

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Festival year: 2011

A small act can have a major impact. When Hilde Back sponsored a Kenyan child, she did not expect 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 Back, he himself now supports children living in the Kenyan countryside.


Chris Mburu lived in poverty in rural Kenya. Thanks to the generous donations of Jewish Hilde Back, who fled to Sweden as a child during the Second World War, Chris was able to finish school. He has become a human rights advocate who stands up against genocide. Also, he enables poor, inquisitive Kenyan children to attend secondary school through his Hilde Back Education Fund.
The top students in Mukubu primary school are in the exact same situation as Chris once was. They are bright, but cannot 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?
The different life stories in A Small Act unfold against the backdrop of the violence that erupted after the Kenyan elections in 2007.


United States 2010, 88 min.


Spoken language: English, Swahili, Swedish, German

Subtitles: English

Official website:


Harambee Media Inc.

World sales:

Roco Films

+1 415 332 6471

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When & where?

  • Saturday, March 26, 2011 - 20:00

    Theater aan het Spui 1, The Hague

  • Sunday, March 27, 2011 - 12:00

    Theater aan het Spui 1, The Hague

  • Monday, March 28, 2011 - 14:00

    Filmhuis Den Haag zaal 4

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Human rights
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Saturday's and Monday's screenings will be subtitled in English, Sunday's screening in Dutch.

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