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This Heart-Melting Animated Short Shows the Intimate Power of Kindness and Compassion

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“It takes a village” may sound like a bit of a cliche, but it’s also true.

Navigating this world by yourself is extremely tough; the right support can not only help you survive but also thrive.

To illustrate the importance and magic of a loving community, the Association of Assistance for Disabled Children (AADC) in São Paulo Brazil partnered with AKQA São Paulo, Mono Studios, and Prodigo for a precious, emotional animated short.

In the short film “Friendly Arms,” a young boy is sweetly approached by a friend and asked to dance with a kind smile.

The boy, who has lost both of his arms, is hesitant until he is suddenly joined by two other friends, who each offer a surrogate arm to help him enjoy a special moment with the girl.

To the lilting tune of “Leo” from Norwegian artist Mari Persen, the pair (and their two friends, who remain out of sight) enjoy the loveliest of dances as the crowd of fellow attendees seemingly disappear.

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