Monday, 12 October 2015


"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. It is in faces, looks, and words that I find a powerful way of reaching the depths of the human soul. Each encounter brings you a step closer. Each story is unique. 
By exploring the experiences of the Other, I was in search of 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?" 
Yann Arthus-Bertrand

Over more than two years, French photographer, director (and genius) Yann Arthus-Bertrand filmed in 60 countries and interviewed 2.020 people who told their life stories in 63 languages. All interviewees were asked the same questions - no matter where they were from or how old they were: Do you feel free? What is the meaning of life?... With this film, Arthus-Bertrand wants us to encounter "the Other", to make us reflect on our existence. Human is an ode to humanity (via) and one of the most beautiful films I have ever seen.

Yann Arthus-Bertrand is known for his breathtaking aerial photography. He is also an activist and a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Environment Program (via).

The film had its premiere on 12 September in the General Assembly Hall of the UN headquarters in New York. It is free to local authorities and non-profit organisations. There are eleven variations of the film and some can be watched on YouTube, for instance:

::: Official trailer: WATCH
::: Extended version vol. 1: WATCH
::: Extended version vol. 2: WATCH
::: Extended version vol. 3: WATCH

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