New Canaan YMCA launches community reel film series
Updated 7:41 pm, Wednesday, May 18, 2011
On June 4, the New Canaan YMCA will kick off its new Community Reel Film series with a screening of "A Small Act." The screening begins at 7 p.m. and will take place at the Town Players of New Canaan Powerhouse Performing Arts Center in Waveny Park.
"Our goal is to bring our community together to grow through inspiring true films," Y Executive Director Craig Panzano said. "Our goal is to present three to four films on a variety of topics each year."
Directed and written by Jennifer Arnold, "A Small Act" was a 2010 selection at the Sundance Film Festival. It's the story of Chris Mburu, a child living in a village in Kenya when he first received a $15 scholarship from a Swedish woman named Hilde Back. Her humble but steady sponsorship put him through school and eventually launched him into Harvard Law, paving the way to his job as a United Nations attorney. Now in her 80s, Back meets Mburu for the first time as he launches his own small act of benevolence: The Hilde Back Education fund for the children of his village. Back's surprise at the potency of her long-ago gift is matched in scale by the young Kenyans' enormous drive to learn.
" `A Small Act' reveals just how powerful a gesture of kindness and generosity can be, and that an education is perhaps the most generous gift of all," Panzano said.
A reception will follow the screening. The film is recommended for ages 12 and older, and tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Y's World Service Initiative.
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Seating is limited to 100, and tickets may be purchased at the New Canaan YMCA front desk, online at www.newcanaanymca.org, or at the door if space remains.
For more information on the film, visit www.asmallact.com.