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A Small Act

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. 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." "A Small Act is such A POWERFUL FILM to use in classrooms across the globe. "A PRECIOUS AND INSPIRING TALE"—The Hollywood Reporter "REMARKABLE"—The Huffington Post "POWERFUL"—Christian Science Monitor

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