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Be a part of the 'Small Act' movement!

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The inspiring HBO documentary film A Small Act follows a single gesture of generosity that ripples out to affect multiple lives.

When Hilde Back sponsored a young, rural Kenyan student, she thought nothing of it. She paid roughly $15 dollars per term to keep him in primary school. She certainly never expected to hear from him, but many years later, she does.

Chris Mburu has been thinking of Hilde since he was a boy. The small contribution she made paid off – Chris went all the way to Harvard and is now a respected human rights lawyer for the United Nations. As a thank you, he decides to replicate Hilde’s generosity by starting a scholarship program of his own. He names it the Hilde Back Education Fund and sponsors a new generation of kids in his village. The students of today also vow to one day give back.

To find out when A Small Act is playing on HBO, click here. The film will also be available on HBO On Demand till September 6th.


A Small Act has sparked a movement, motivating audiences around the world to do their own small acts. Viewers have hosted small act parties. Audiences have donated to the Hilde Back Education Fund. Others have supported projects in their own neighborhoods. Each of us has the ability to create change. Each of us has the power to make a difference. As seen in the film, one small act can affect countless lives, so what will you do? WHAT’S YOUR SMALL ACT?


A simple gesture is all it takes to send a ripple of goodness into the world. Whose life will you change today?

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Photo Credits: Patti Lee, Producer & Cinematographer