Small Acts

Small Acts is a short documentary series that shows how the small acts of ‘ordinary’ local women entrepreneurs and changemakers in the Caribbean become a force for social, environmental and economic change on the global scale. 

Coming from a rich heritage that celebrates land, family, community, and creativity has given many Caribbean women the vision, resilience, and grit to find everyday solutions to social and economic challenges. With ingenuity, heart, and determination, many are also forging unpredictable paths into new growth areas and transforming old development paradigms that exclude women, youth, and the poor. With greater access to resources, these women leaders will become a formidable force for global change.

But women of the African Diaspora also face unique challenges when trying to create change. Getting their ideas heard can take unparalleled courage and a strong sense of self. In intimate conversations, we explore the beliefs, culture, identities and fortune that have helped women defy expectations and social norms. We shift the lens. Defying the shallow travel story, we tell these stories from the inside out. We explore how big ideas are translated into small acts, and how resourceful changemakers use everything they have in their own backyard.  

An Invisible Death

In 2014 in the small, well-to-do town of Redding, Connecticut, Gugsa, a young Ethiopian-American attorney, was found on the roadside, fatally shot in the head. Hours later, without an autopsy or eyewitness testimony, the local Chief of Police issued a press release announcing that his death was "self-inflicted."

Activated through outrage, a Yale-educated, New York City corporate attorney searches for answers for her slain brother. But money and legal resources cannot help her family overcome roadblock after roadblock. Revealing humility, she meets with victims, legal experts and colleagues, discovering strikingly similar cases. Beneath the stories lies the insidious question of racial bias in the investigative system and its impact on unlikely victims.