What is it that makes us human? Our innate curiosity, our ability to laugh? Is it our emotions or maybe our brain? This is a big question and Yann Arthus-Bertrand, the photographer and filmmaker was looking for the answer. To see if he found it and what the answer was, check his latest movie Human.
"I am one man among seven billion others. For the past 40 years, I have been photographing our planet and its human diversity, and I have the feeling that humanity is not making any progress. We can't always manage to live together. Why is that? I didn't look for an answer in statistics or analysis, but in man himself," said the filmmaker and artist Yann Arthus-Bertrand.
For three years he was collecting real-life stories from 2,000 women and men in 60 countries. Emotional stories on topics that unite us, such as war, powerty, homophobia and of course, the future of our planet were told in 63 languages. From freedom fighters in Ukraine, to farmers in Mal and death row inmates in the United States, HUMAN offers a significantly emotional and essential fresh documentation and portrait of our human condition in global and contemporary society, questioning the challenges our civilization faces.
This time Arthus-Bertrand, who is also the author of HOME, which was an immediate success in over 181 countries (over 600 million people watched the movie), was searching for understanding. "Do we all have the same thirst for love, freedom and recognition? In a world torn between tradition and modernity, do our fundamental needs remain the same? Deep down, what does it mean to be human today? What is the meaning of life? Are our differences so great? Do we, in fact, share more values than we might have imagined? And if so, why can we not manage to understand one another?"
This film carries the voice of all the men and women who told him their stories. It is their messenger. "I made the film I had dreamed of; my wish now is that everyone can use it in their own way, organizing screenings and becoming ambassadors of the Living Together initiative."
The film consists of three parts and you can see them all here: