Film high­lights big im­pact of small act

The Intelligencer (Belleville) - - NEWS - INTELLIGENCER STAFF

Quinte Grannies for Africa will host a screen­ing of the award­win­ning doc­u­men­tary, “A Small Act,” at St. Thomas Angli­can Church later this month.

The film, which will be shown on Fri­day, Oct. 20 at 7:30 p.m., il­lus­trates how a small con­tri­bu­tion can have an im­pact on count­less lives and ar­gues that each of us has the abil­ity and re­spon­si­bil­ity to ef­fect change. Ad­mis­sion to the film is $10.

Chris Mburu is a bright but poor school­boy in a vil­lage in Kenya. His life is changed when a school teacher in far-off Swe­den be­comes his spon­sor. Her spon­sor­ship al­lows Chris to even­tu­ally earn a law de­gree and be­come a United Na­tions Hu­man Rights Of­fi­cer. In the film, view­ers see the rip­ple ef­fect of “a small act” as they meet and hear the story of Chris’ bene­fac­tor, Hilde Back, and learn about the ed­u­ca­tion fund cre­ated by Chris in her name. Chris be­lieves in the trans­for­ma­tive power of ed­u­ca­tion be­cause that is what changed his life.

Funds raised at the screen­ing will be do­nated to the Grand­moth­ers to Grand­moth­ers Cam­paign of the Stephen Lewis Foun­da­tion and The Hilde Back Ed­u­ca­tion Fund. The screen­ing of the film is one of the many small acts of Grand­moth­ers groups work­ing to mo­bi­lize sup­port in Canada for Africa’s grand­moth­ers and the or­phans for whom they care.

Tick­ets avail­able at the door or call 613-968-9659 or 613-9625507.

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