Film: A Small Act
(2010, dir. Jennifer Arnold, 88 mins., USA) When a Swedish Holocaust survivor named Hilde Back decided to sponsor a young, impoverished Kenyan student, she thought nothing of it, paying $15 dollars per term to keep him in primary school. She never expected to hear from him, but many years later, she does. Now, he’s a Harvard grad and UN human rights lawyer, dedicating his life to battling genocide and crimes against humanity. Chris decides to replicate Hilde’s generosity by starting his own scholarship fund, to educate bright kids in his village. But Chris is stunned by Kenya’s failing public schools as only two students pass the test to qualify for sponsorship. Simultaneously, Kenya falls into ethnic-based election violence. With telling parallels to the United States’ education crisis, A Small Act prompts thoughts about altruism, education and poverty. A Small Act was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance 2010. Presented by the IUPUI Committee on African and African-American Studies and IMA, with additional support from Indy Film Fest. Film introduced by Bessie House-Soremekun, IUPUI Professor of African American and African Diaspora Studies. Film shown in DVD.IMA Members & Students Free.