Nantucket Film Festival Boston Event

The Nantucket Film Festival will present “A Small Act” by Jennifer Arnold, with special guest and the subject of the film Chris Mburu, on Thursday, March 18, at 7:00pm at the Coolidge Corner Theater, 290 Harvard St, Brookline MA. A Q&A will follow with Chris Mburu at 8:30pm. Chris Mburu is flying in from Geneva specifically for the screening.

Straight from its sold out screenings at the Sundance Film Festival, A Small Act, tells the inspiring story of Hilde Back and Chris Mburu. As a young girl, Hilde fled to Sweden from Nazi Germany. Moved by the generosity shown by her adopted country, she eventually sponsors an impoverished Kenyan student, contributing a modest amount to his primary school studies. She never expects to hear from him, but does
years later. Chris Mburu has been thinking of his “angel” Hilde since he was a boy. The small contribution she made paid off – Chris went all the way to Harvard Law School
and is now a respected United Nations human rights lawyer, dedicated to battling genocide and crimes against humanity. Inspired by Hilde’s generosity, Chris started his own scholarship fund and named it after her.

At Sundance, the film became a cause celebre. At a screening of the film, a woman donated $5000 to help children’s education in Kenya, quickly matched by another $5000 donation. Within a few days, over $80,000 had been raised. Each screening ended in a standing ovation from the audience, including Bill Gates who waited in line to meet Mburu.

The event is in collaboration with Facing History and Ourselves and the Coolidge Corner Theatre.

The 2010 Nantucket Film Festival (NFF) will take place June 17-20. Patron passes purchased before March 15 will receive a 10% discount.

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