A Small Act

( USA / 2010 )
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.
Formats: Digital Copy, DVD
Running Time: 88 min.
Theme: Children, Education, Personal Story, Poverty, Youth
Language(s): English
Director(s): Jennifer Arnold
Producer(s): Jennifer Arnold, Patricia Lee, Jeffrey see all »
Available regions: United States, Canada
A Small Act


  • Press Kit
  • 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."
    Michelle Kung, The Wall Street Journal
  • "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."
    Marc Skvirsky, Facing History and Ourselves
    The Hollywood Reporter
    The Huffington Post
    Christian Science Monitor

awards & accolades

  • Emmy Award Nominee - Best Documentary
  • Nantucket Film Festival - Audience Award

Festival participation

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

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Distribution Company: ro*co educational

A Small Act

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