Jennifer Arnold’s award winning documentary A Small Act (2010) will be shown at The Continental, Preston, as a Fairtrade screening. The documentary film, A Small Act, explores the global effect and power of generosity through the story of a young Kenyan and good student, Chris Mburu, whose life drastically changes when a stranger sponsors his education.
In Kenya primary school is free but secondary education comes at a high cost, so if it were not for his sponsor – a Swedish woman named Hilde Back – Mburu would never have continued his education. The film charts Mburu’s successful search for his benefactor and its effect on his later life as he becomes a United Nations human rights advocate whose scholarship programme, is named Hilde Back after his guardian angel-like sponsor. The programme can only back one student and the film sees three gifted students compete for a scholarship which allows them to continue their schooling, as they undergo the necessary exams, the mayhem of the 2007–2008 Kenyan crisis threatens to jeopardize their dreams.
As one student is finally awarded the single scholarship, the film’s credits reveal that the two remaining children are to have their future education sponsored by the documentary film crew – thus the trail of generosity continues.
They Eat Culture: A Small Act, 25 February, 7pm (Film starts at 7.30pm), The Continental, South Meadow Lane, Preston.
More information can be found at www.asmallact.com.