International Day of Families

Celebrated on May 15

International Day of Families
Credit: Fauzia Minallah

Special MY HERO Mentions

Dr. Joan Wicks: Scholar, Teacher, Parent and Athlete

By: Shannon Luders-Manuel
Dr. Joan Wicks is an educator, athlete, and the mother of Amanda and Gabrielle Gorman.

My Son, Mattie J. T. Stepanek

By: Jeni Stepanek


Rejoice with your family in the beautiful land of life! ~Albert Einstein

Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family. Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one. ~Jane Howard

What can you do to promote world peace? Go home and love your family. ~Mother Teresa



I Have Four Parents

Daniel Roy
This video is a magical rendition of the story of my very unique four-parent family. Everything I talk about in the video is true, and these are the answers to the questions I most commonly get asked.

2021 IFF Special Hero Climate Activist Award | Slater Jewell-Kemker and Wendy Jewell

Slater Jewell-Kemker
Slater Jewell-Kemker and Wendy Jewell accept the Special Hero: Climate Activist Award at the 2021 MY HERO International Film Festival.

Moms Made Manhattan

Produced by:Video edited by Katie Graubart-
Adapted from "New York and How it Got That Way," a history tour of Manhattan created by Ina Lee Selden. Video edited by Katie Graubart-

2021 Global Educator Award - Frances Moore Lappé & Anna Blythe Lappé

Produced by:The MY HERO Project
Learn about Frances Moore Lappé & Anna Blythe Lappé in this video celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Book Diet for a Small Planet.

Conversations With My Mother

Tsering Wangmo
I try to capture the simplicity of her life and the warmth that she provides to her family.


Produced by:Rebecca Stern
In this film, Rebecca Stern reads a letter to her mom and talks about a special memory they shared.

Two Weeks

Producer: Lori Nelson
Parenthood is not as easy as it seems.

TRANSPARENCY: Becoming Oliver

Tessa Grace Morell
Experimental short film made to visually accompany the original poem "Becoming Oliver" written by Oliver Marino.

The Light Tower

Producer: Po Chou Chi
This story honors parents who support their children to make their dreams come true.

BYkids Trailer: FAITH’S WORLD

Faith Guilbault
Faith Guilbault (age 16) has cerebral palsy and invites us to experience living with special needs so we can all treat being differently abled with humanity and normalcy.

Dear Mum

Kitty Richardson
Kitty Richardson sings her original song written for her mother.

Stories about Family

Family fundraising - Chords2Cure

By: Abigail Richardson

My Grandpa

By: Brianna Rasmussen
Brianna's grandpa is helping out around the house while she and her brother are home due to COVID-19.

Frances Moore Lappé’s Diet for a Small Planet Celebrates 50th Anniversary

By: Deborah Neff, MY HERO Staff writer
Frances Moore Lappé’s Diet for a Small Planet Celebrates 50th Anniversary with new edition.


By: Laura Nietzer
Laura's hero is her sister-in-law Marianne, a nurse who is helping patients with the coronavirus.

Dan & Amy Eldon

By: Kathy Eldon

Dan & Amy Eldon are not only Kathy Eldon's children; they are also her heroes. 

Grandma Herring

By: Kaila Herring
A Boomer grandmother teaches her Gen Z granddaughter simple pleasures.

Should've, Would've, Could've: Paul Gagner

By: Katherine
Katherine's dad Paul Gagner is a fearless rock climber.

Mansour Azimipour

By: Sara Azimipour

Sara Azimipour's hero is her father, Mansour Azimipour, who began making money for his family in Iran at age 9.

Breaking the Silence

By: Nella Virga
Nella Virga advocated for a cochlear implant for her daughter, who became the first child under the age of two to receive one.

Aaron John David

By: Mary Joy
Mary Joy's hero is her brother, who provides a good example to follow.

MacGillivray Family

MacGillivray Family founded the non-profit MacGillivray Freeman Films Educational Foundation.

Denise Buchner

By: Oliver from Redwood Meadows
Denise Buchner is a hero to her son, Oliver, because she helps people in Third World countries.

Catherine Malonza

By: Keegan Malonza from San Marcos
Catherine Malonza saved her brother's life.

Derwin and Tori

By: Ian from Woodland Hills
Derwin and Tori gave Ian, and other kids, a chance at a better life.

Kitty Richardson

By: Abigail Richardson

Malick Seck

By: Seck from Dakar
Malick Seck is respected by his community and family for his humanitarian works, and his wisdom and dedication.

Budi and Peggy Soehardi Roslin Orphanage

By: Wendy Jewell and David Kemker
Budi and Peggy Soehardi Roslin Orphanage provides a loving home to care for displaced and orphaned children in East Timor.

Click on the banner below to read about mother and daughter teams:

Mother and Daughter
Credit: MY HERO


Family Hero : Joneice by Doug Miller

By: Doug Miller

Happy mother

By: Assiatou Ngom from Senegal

The Road Was Paved By Us

By: Michael Mahue Moore

Raking Leaves

By: Doug Miller

Love of a Father

By: Hutton McKenna

My Brother Ebbie

By: Ashlee Cohen of Taft High School

My Parents

By: Chris Palacios of Taft High School

My Mom and Dad, My Heroes

By: Valerie

Celebrating friends of MY HERO, the Minallah sisters: 

Fauzia Minallah

By: Joanne Tawfilis
Fauzia Minallah is the founder of Funkor Childart Centre, a filmmaker and an ARTIVIST.

Samar Minallah Khan

By: Abigail Richardson
Samar is a filmmaker, anthropologist and activist. In the media, she has been referred to as ‘The Savior of Souls,’ one of the ‘Women who rock the world,’ ‘The Crusader with the Camera’ and the ‘Women that changed Pakistan.’

Related Pages

Hero Portraits that honor family members from the Gallery

By: victoria murphy
Students of all ages and professional artists illustrate mothers, fathers, grandparents, and siblings in loving portraits Use these images for Elementary School students to understand how to illustrate their family heroes


By: Wendy Milette
View these exceptional films featuring mothers, daughters, women filmmakers, educators and activists!

Mother's Day

By: Becky Miller
is celebrated on the second Sunday in May


By: MY HERO Staff
More stories about mothers for Mothers Day

Sylvia Earle Ocean Conservation Award

By: Abigail Richardson


If you have a film that features unique family relationships consider submitting for the Relationships First Award.

Credit: myhero

Organizer created on 4/10/2013 8:55:19 AM by Becky Miller

Last edited 5/15/2022 5:43:31 AM by Abigail Richardson