Kids star in short films about hope

Story by CBC Kids News • 2018-11-20 16:13

Project aims to inspire children around the world

In the final scene of a short film called Little Lights, kids gather hundreds of lamps on a beach to spell out a message of comfort to a lonely boy.

The moment is a hopeful one, which is why the film — made right here in Canada — is a good fit for an international project called Hope Works.

Hope Works is a collection of short films created by an international group of broadcasters and media companies aimed at inspiring kids to be kind, tolerant and understanding.

The idea behind the series of films, released on UNICEF’s World Children’s Day (Nov. 20), is to remind kids that little acts of kindness can make a big difference.

World Children's Day marks the day when most of the countries on the planet signed a treaty respecting the rights of children.

Little Lights is one of two Canadian films in the project, but the series includes mini-movies from around the world, including Brazil, Israel, Germany and Australia.

Rise tells the story of a girl who is obsessed with social media but eventually manages to put her phone down.

In Children’s United, viewers meet a group of kids from around the world who have managed to pull through difficult situations and find happiness.

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