A Small Act Review

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A Kenyan boy's (Mburu) life is dramatically changed when a Swedish stranger starts sponsoring him from afar.


Documentaries don’t always have to be innovative to make an impact. Jennifer Arnold’s account of the consequences of a Holocaust refugee’s humble act of generosity couldn’t be more conventional. But, as it shows how Hilde Back’s contribution to a Kenyan educational charity enabled Chris Mburu to become a human rights lawyer and sponsor his own scholarship initiative, this well-intentioned film becomes increasingly inspirational. Footage of Mburu’s first meeting with his benefactor is deeply poignant, while Arnold seeks to generate a little dramatic tension by depicting three students awaiting the crucial test results that could possibly deliver their families from poverty.

An understated doc that will inspire and move you.