A combination of first-person stories and exclusive aerial images, HUMAN is a unique documentary. This sensitive experience is an introspection into whom we are today as a community but also and most importantly as an individual. Through wars, inequalities, discriminations, HUMAN confronts us with the realities and the diversity of our human conditions. Beyond this darker side, testimonies show the empathy and the solidarities which we are capable of. All these contradictions are ours and HUMAN leads us to reflect about the future we wish to give to people and the planet today. Filmed in 60 countries during two years, HUMAN by Yann Arthus-Bertrand draws a portrait of nowaday’s Humanity.
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This movie is magnificent!
Don't Believe the Hype
A Disappointing Continuation
Although it has its amusing moments, in eneral the plot does not convince.
When I picked up this movie to watch on my airplane when returning from a business trip, I couldn't imagine that it would affect me so deeply, in such an intense way I could never expect. Right, I love travelogues such as "Le Peuple Migrateur" and "Himalaya", but this one absolutely blew up my biggest expectations."Human" makes us dive into a journey of empathy for other human beings; a journey where you are going to laugh; where you are going to cry; where you are going to identify yourself to some of the histories which may be even your own history; where, I hope, that you may see that even if we are so different, in the end we are so equal.The version I saw had a big plus side - other from José Mujica, former Uruguayan president who is well known here in Latin America, there were no other "big shots" on screen - what you see and what you listen is the voice of people like you and me, who talk about love, about angry, about injustice, about despair, about the experience of being alive. This quality is kept on the extended version of the movie, which makes some statements longer and fuller in details.The movie can be watched on its entirety on YouTube, where longer versions of the interviews can be seen and the first name of the interviewee and his country are shown. Don't miss them, they make a beautiful complement to the movie.For closing up this commentary, more than never empathy is an article in dire need here in Brazil nowadays, and I hope that many people can see this movie and look to the people besides them and see them in a different light - I really do, after watching it. At almost 47, I never expected that a movie could still change the way I see people and see life in general, but this one accomplished the feat. Thanks for everybody who made this experience possible, I will be forever grateful to you.
I never take time to do these things, but it needs to be said: This is an amazing piece of art. The emphasis on the human element is just perfect. If anything, it is a cure to public ignorance. Hope many teachers show this to the children in their classes, if only to let them know how lucky they are actually having a TV and the time spare to watch it. This world could use some more (long distance) compassion and this movie is part of solving that problem. Hopefully it will encourage and inspire other filmmakers to highlight human happiness, pain, suffering and all other emotions in more different ways to come. Just loved this whole movie and hope others will grow wise enough to see its beauty too.
Learning, to me, goes beyond understanding the mechanics of our environment. It includes the development of habits, such as introspection, critical thinking, and empathy. The moment we came screaming into this world, our brains started making sense of things. What is love? What is trust? What are other people?Some of these things we learn not just by words or imitation, but through systems in our brain that have evolved to respond to particular experiences: seeing faces, experiencing touch, hearing the heartbeat of our mothers.But as in any other category, we may learn the wrong things. Abuse destroys trust. Negligence withholds love. Separation stifles empathy. And over time, we need to reinforce our knowledge of love, trust, and empathy – like any other thing we've learned.Yann Arthus-Bertrand's "Human" is a tour de force in exercising our empathy. Filmed in 60 countries, it is the result of interviews with more than 2,000 people. It showcases not only the diversity of humanity, but also the beauty of our planet through stunning aerial photography.This is an intense work. It requires setting aside time and mental energy to take in the stories, which are often heartbreaking. You will hear the stories of people living in abject poverty, people who have lost their entire families to war, women who have been raped, killers who have been forgiven, and humans of all ages who have endured shameful prejudice.Tales of heroic endurance and the relentless pursuit of happiness, education, justice – those are the most uplifting moments in the film. A film like this might risk falling into a kind of moral relativism, a mere celebration of diversity. But "Human" returns to the call for justice throughout.One Indian man tells the story of how the victims of water shortages are helping to construct a twin tower with 76 swimming pools to be enjoyed by the wealthy. He says he is furious because the connection between inequality and its effects is so apparent. A destitute old woman yells at the camera, calling us all to account for ignoring the suffering of the poor.In another scene in between interviews, we see a vast array of skyscrapers lit at night. From afar, they look gorgeous, an incredible show of light and architecture. Then the camera zooms into one of the buildings, and we see office cubicles, lonely workers, a soulless, sterile environment."Human" does not give us an answer to injustice, inequality, poverty, waste, war. It reminds us powerfully that there is a question here: If we care about one another as human beings, what do we do now?
My favorite film of 2015. Spanning dozens and dozens of countries and languages, Yann Arthus-Bertrand's Human is a mission to explore our humanity. The three-year project interviewed some 2,000 people and got them to tell their own personal, emotional stories about things most significant in their lives—love, war, poverty, happiness—things to which we all can relate. It's a masterpiece. And the entire film has been released online for free.The format is simple. Clean, candid close-up interview shots spaced with gorgeous slow-motion aerials backed by a powerful score. It's beautiful. And it had me eagerly awaiting each new story to be told. I've heard it all before in one form or another. But the format makes it easy for us to listen—really listen—to so many people from so many different backgrounds. These stories here can echo so deeply and with such a strong feeling that we are all connected—if you choose to allow them. With this, the film is unforgettable.This is a film that matters. It has no plot. No drama, no storyline, no action. And no celebrities—save José Mujica, the humble former president of Uruguay. It's simply a grassroots collection of short stories and vignettes united upon a theme. But it's the antidote to so many films that divide us, that reinforce the us-vs.-them dichotomy that enables us to prejudge, to define ourselves against others, and to resort to violence so easily.I want to travel the world and know even more about others now.