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A series of short films designed to inspire the values of kindness, understanding and hope in children around the world.
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Give a Hand – A young girl helps a boy, who follows her and they help someone else. Gradually a line of people are following her as the good turns continue. The group walk out of the town and into the desert. They form a ring, and as they take each other’s hands their hands glow with light. We see the circle form above – the sun appears from the clouds and the diverse group celebrates together.

What Should We Do With The Angry Monster? – Three little characters called Hatties try to cheer up a big angry monster. Being angry with him doesn't help. Offering flowers doesn't help. The littlest Hattie finally realises the Monster has a sharp object stuck in his bottom! The Hatties pull it out and the Monster becomes peaceful. They all work and dance together.

The Nock And The Treeples – Deep in the forest, the tiny, fun-loving Treeples play ball. Their game attracts the attention of another full-of-life creature called Nock, who is eager to join in the fun. Nock misunderstands the game, and tosses one of the Treeples high into the sky. The other Treeples become upset with Nock, unable to see that their friend above is enjoying their high-flying experience. Nock runs off in tears, devastated. When the sky-bound Treeple returns to the ground, he tells his friends how much fun he just had. Regretting their anger, the Treeples seek Nock out from a hideout, and invite Nock to come back and play together. Nock tosses the creatures high into the sky as they all laugh, realizing their differences have made playing together more fun.

Spread Kindness Around The World – Various scenes with puppet characters showing small acts of kindness - as each one occurs a heart icon appears on a world map.

Balloon Girl – In a park, a baby cries loudly and incessantly, and the Mum is increasingly upset. A girl walks by with a large red balloon and the baby stops crying. Once she passes by, the baby starts again. The girl goes on a swing, and as the balloon goes in and out of site the baby stops and starts crying. Some of the people in the park get annoyed and the Mum gets increasingly upset. Suddenly there's silence. We see the girl has tied the balloon on to the pram and give it the baby. Baby happy, Mum happy, park people happy!

Move Mountain – A poetic narrated story about a mountain which faces North and never sees the sun rise - it's his greatest wish. His friends, bird, squirrel and bear, all try to help in different ways. Finally, they do a show for the mountain with props and music to depict the sunrise and the mountain is moved - he didn't just see the sun rise, he saw the kindness of his friends.

Rise – A girl is obsessed with her social media – no interest in her famly around her in the park. She gets increasingly depressed as her friends get loads of likes for their photos and she doesn't. The film takes an abstract turn and she seems to be pulled down into murky waters. Hands offer help from above her - she chooses to leave the phone behind and is pulled back to real life by her family who enfold her. Tag line - "choose life, not likes"

Little Lights – Shot beautifully in a wooded Canadian lakefront community (Muskoka), and cut to a song, this film tells the story of a lonely young boy on an island who sends signals to mainland via a flash torch. He gets no response until a girl sees the flashing light and works with all her friends to send back a response, showing the boy, he's not alone.

The Cupcake Choir – This film will feature a group of children bridging the gap between the young and old with music, by performing a concert for older members of their community, with songs and popular culture from their youth.

A Whale’s Tale – A whale helps smaller sea creatures who are trapped in plastic waste. On land a young boy seeks support to clear the sea in his area. Fishermen come to his aid and many boats start to help clear the plastic from the sea.

Children United – A film that gives the globe's children one voice on their hopes. We meet children from around the world who have experienced trauma and hardship but whose resilience has enabled them to achieve a happier, more positive way of life.

Listening to The Silence - A poetic narrative, depicting actions and interactions of 4 and 5 years old deaf children, showing how their isolation and solitude are broken by their relations with activities, books, games and play. The aim of this work is to help these children to become happy, strong and integrated to the world.

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