A Small Act

A Small Act

DVD - 2011
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"When Hilde Back sponsored a young, rural Kenyan student, she thought nothing of it. She never imagined her quarterly donation of $15 would pave the way for Chris Mburu's journey to Harvard Law School. Years later, Chris has become a United Nations human rights lawyer working to combat genocide and discrimination. He decides to seek out the stranger who dramatically transformed his life and is astonished to learn his benefactor, Hilde, is a Holocaust survivor."
Publisher: [New York] : Docuramafilms : Distributed by New Video, [2011]
ISBN: 9781422927007
1422927008
Branch Call Number: DVDN 370.9676 SM181S 2011
DVDN 370.9676 SM181S 2011
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 88 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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BeccaG98
Jan 11, 2016

Helping one can help many - this documentary will prove it. Highly recommend this one!

LaughingOne May 03, 2015

This docudrama proves (to me at least) that every single act, small or large, can create change. We each can create change for the better one small act at a time. Benefactor Hilde Back gave small donations through a Swedish agency that assisted Kenyan children to go to school. One of the children she supported was Chris Mburu, who went on to become a lawyer for the UN. He also started the Hilde Back Foundation to raise money from Kenyans to send Kenyan children to school. This is an inspiring film, evan as it also showed the political unrest in Kenya.

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JDK5
Sep 06, 2012

I'm inspired by Hilde Back, the diminutive and humble lady with the generous heart, who is turning 90 in October. "The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention." (Oscar Wilde)

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lindakennedy
Jun 23, 2012

Chris Mburu, a benefactor who now works for the UN is a passionate advocate for the important role education plays in the lives of children. His experience has shaped his thinking and actions.
The connections between his life in Kenya, and his benefactor in Sweden makes for a touching film. We follow three students preparing, writing, and waiting for there test results to see if they will receive a scholarship through the foundation founded by Chris.

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booklover717
Jun 06, 2012

An interesting docudrama set in Kenya. The theme was how small acts can grow and have huge consequences (in this case, good ones!) I would have enjoyed the film much better if Chris Mburu hadn't constantly popped into the telling of the story to make yet another plus for sponsoring a needy child.

I felt the film was nothing more than a thinly veiled commercial for a sponsorship programme. And, that is a big shame ... because the young children trying to gain enough marks in state exams to be able to continue with their education would serve as motivation for most of us to do somthing. It didn't need the constant in-your-face promotions.

Worth watching if only for the wonderful aged Hilde Back from Sweden ...

deirdreelise Mar 08, 2012

outstanding

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Jan 15, 2016

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