Sunday, 23 December 2012

A Small Act (film)

Now that the Curzon cinema has gone digital, Eastbourne Film Society have a wider range of films from which to choose. Therefore, they have decided to screen a double bill of documentary films towards the end of January: A Small Act and How To Re-Establish A Vodka Empire.

A Small Act is written, directed and produced by Jennifer Arnold. It premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2010 to an amazing reaction from the audience there who donated $90,000 to the fund featured in the film.

Chris Mburu was an impoverished Kenyan student who was helped by a Swedish aid programme and a benefactor named Hilde Back, herself a holocaust survivor. Hilde donated the relatively small amount of money needed for Chris to complete his education which meant that he could go on studying, eventually gaining a place at Harvard. Years later, Mburu has become an international human rights lawyer working for the UN. Hoping to replicate the way the Swedish programme helped him, he has set up his own programme, named for Hilde, and this film shows how the next generations of children in his home town of Mukubu are striving to emulate his success.

Curzon, Wed 23rd Jan, times TBC.
Tickets £6.50, concessions £4.50. Available by calling 01323 731441 (3pm to 7pm) or in person at the Box Office.

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