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Act of Kindness

Film (Trailer and Excerpts) – 2015

Feature-length documentary Act of Kindness follows the search for one very helpful man, in a country of 11 million people. In 1999 Kiwi Sven Pannell arrived penniless in Rwanda, after bribing himself out of a worrying encounter with rebel militia in Burundi. He was saved by a street beggar who spoke perfect English. Eight years later Pannell got the chance to return to Rwanda with camera in hand, and say thanks  so long as he can track his saviour down. Directed by Pannell and Costa Botes (Forgotten Silver), the documentary is a portrait of compassion, obsession, and a nation recovering from tragedy.

I never knew what the hell I was going to do if it just fizzled and I made no progress. But it always felt to me like a story worth telling, and that the power of the story might just be enough to drive the fates towards some sort of ending.
– Sven Pannell on his search for a Rwandan named Johnson

Key Cast & Crew

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Olive Musique


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Sven Pannell

Co-Director, Subject, Camera Operator

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Fabrice Kirwa

Camera Operator, Subject

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Matt Stutter

Sound Design, Sound Mix

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Costa Botes

Co-Director, Editor

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Richard Heacock


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Produced by

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Lone Pine Film & Television Productions


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Lone Pine Film & Television Productions