It’s getting cold outside—need some warming up? The holidays can be full of fun and cheer, but they can sometimes be overwhelming, too. In the face of natural disasters like supertyphoon Haiyan and more personal tragedies like the loss of a loved one, sometimes we need a little cheering up. These uplifting stories of people coming together in spite of adversity, learning about themselves and their families, will warm your heart for the holidays.
Photo by Michel Filion
A heartwarming family story about Charlie, who’s coming of age after losing his mom. Love and tradition prevail as his grandfather teaches him the game of hockey.
As the three year anniversary approaches of the earthquake that shook Haiti to its core, documentary Kenbe La (Hold On) reveals the power of music to restore hope to a nation. Music teachers come to Haiti from all over the world to teach music, and with it, resilience through creative expression.
Factory worker Ida is excellent at her job, but also lonely. She’s been keeping her heart on ice. Will her funny new coworker Howie melt the cold?
For anyone who’s ever felt like an outsider: Cute animated telling the story of a little Jewish girl who goes to visit Santa.
A beautiful, deaf Italian woman has to wait until the next morning for her train to Milan. The last thing she expects is to fall in love..
6) La vieille dame qui ne souriait plus (The Old Woman Who Wouldn’t Smile Anymore) (13 min) All ages
Amélie meets Up: You’ll love this quirky French film about the lengths children will go to to make an old lady smile!
A story about life, love, and sugar packets. A boy working at a small-town coffee shop notices an old man repeatedly pocketing sugar packets. The boy attempts to solve the mystery of the stolen sweetener, and when the answer isn’t at all what he expected, he is forced to deal with some of life’s most basic questions. Starring Tom Everett Scott.
On the night before Christmas, seven-year-old Amy is so excited she can’t sleep. She tiptoes downstairs, expecting to see Santa Claus, but instead sees her parents wrapping gifts- uh oh! This adorable short will fill you with youthful wonder.