It is not everyday that one comes across simple acts of kindness that changes lives.A Small Act is a documentary which tells the heartwarming story of Chris Mburu ,a human rights lawyer with United Nations.
Coming from a poor family in Kenya,his life changes when Hilda Back, a Swedish lady decides to sponsor his secondary school education .This cost her about 15 $.From high school Chris Mburu goes to University of Nairobi and Harvard Law School.Inspired by his own struggles and wanting to make a difference to the bright students of Mukubu primary school ,he sets up a charitable trust and names it Hilda Back Education Fund. He manages to trace his benefactor and they reconnect.
This 85 year old sprightly lady also has a past.She is a German jew and came to Sweden as a child.Her parents did not survive the holocaust.She was a teacher and does not speak much English.She comes down to Kenya and is treated like a star.Well , she is more than that-a survivor with dignity,humility and kindness.
Along with this we see the students preparing for the test which will qualify them for the scholarship.It is touching to see their daily struggles in the midst of poverty and ethnic clashes.These children know the importance of education and work hard to achive their dreams.
A simple story of ordinary people making a difference.It is not preachy and that is what I liked most .