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January 4th at 7:00pm

An official selection at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, A Small Act tells the story of Chris Mburu, a young man from Kenya and his astonishing journey from an impoverished village to becoming a Harvard graduate and a Human Rights Lawyer for the United Nations. Mburu finished school with the help of a Swedish benefactor named Hilde Back who sponsored his education for $15 a month. Inspired by Back’s generosity, Mburu starts a scholarship program of his own, names it for his former benefactor and meets her for the first time at the fund’s dedication ceremony. Just as Back empowered him to make a difference in the world, Mburu wants his new beneficiaries to grow up and do the same, especially as Kenya unexpectedly plunges into ethnic-based electoral violence, making education especially critical.

The top students in Mukubu primary school, who are bright, but cannot afford to pay school fees, are in the same situation as Mburu once was. With the creation of Mburu’s fund, the students have new hope. But the program is small; how many will qualify for a scholarship?

A Small Act explores an amazing story of gratitude and the ripple effect a single action can create.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Jennifer Arnold and producers Patti Lee and Jeffrey Soros.

Written and directed by Jennifer Arnold; producers, Jennifer Arnold, Patti Lee and Jeffrey Soros; executive producer, Joan Huang; cinematographer, Patti Lee; editors, Carl Pfirman and Tyler Hubby; composer, Joel Goodman. For HBO: senior producer, Lisa Heller; executive producer, Sheila Nevins. Presented by Harambee Media and HBO Documentary Films. Running time: 1 hour 28 minutes.

ALL HAMMER PUBLIC PROGRAMS ARE FREE. Tickets are required, and are available at the Billy Wilder Theater Box Office one hour prior to start time. Limit one ticket per person on a first come, first served basis. Hammer members receive priority seating, subject to availability. Reservations not accepted, RSVPs not required.

Parking is available under the museum for $3 after 6:00pm.