What if we watched the film “Human” by Yann Arthus-Bertrand
In this time of confinement, it seems important (even necessary) to continue to project ourselves. And in order to do this, what could be better than a cultural activity that would give us a feeling of connection to others despite the isolation and allow us to travel, all of this from home? Have you guessed ? Yes, we are thinking about a movie. But not just any movie!
A movie which, in the complicated time we are going through on a global scale, that of a confined humanity but at the same time rarely so closely linked, resonates particularly with its subject: the movie « Human » by Yann Arthus-Bertrand.
This documentary thus presents the stories of more than 2,000 people in 65 different countries, alternating face-to-camera testimonies and sublime aerial images of our planet.
Its (vast) subject? Exploring what makes us human. The chance of meeting others: those who are talked about and above all, those we never talk about. Composed of very different paths and voices often ignored, for an unforgettable and important journey.
Almost 5 years after its theatrical release (in September 2015), this ode to understanding and connecting with others seems to be more relevant today than ever.
A special moment to experience for yourself. Together.
HUMANITY IN QUESTION(S)
Three years of work and more than 90 shoots were necessary to build this documentary. In the video explaining the genesis of the film, Yann Arthus-Bertrand confides that the project was born from his need to understand human beings, which still do not manage to understand one another, nor to live together .
He wondered: are our needs the same, are our differences that big ? Why do we make the same mistakes again? What makes us human, after all? Is it to love, to struggle, to laugh, to cry? Curiosity, the ability to marvel?
From these questions, he decided to seek the answers, not in statistics and books, but in humans themselves.
When asked about his approach, he replies: « We asked all these individuals forty questions on topics such as war, poverty, meaning of life, homophobia and work. (…) Sometimes we make films which, we feel, are stronger than us. It is what the protagonists give us that are important. We were just a gateway. » (Source : L’Humanité )
The documentary breaks down into six themes and thus tackles the subject of happiness, talks about women, war, justice, poverty and tolerance.
The result ? A selection of testimonies, often overwhelming. More than 2000 people who tell their stories looking us straight in the eye. All speak on the same dark background, as extracts from their environment: only faces and voices are kept, a way to emphasize the connection, the universality of the subjects evoked.
A SOCIALLY COMMITED MOVIE DIRECTOR
French photographer and movie director Yann Arthus-Bertrand has always been passionate about nature. He knew worldwide success in 1999 with the release of his book “The Earth seen from the sky”, which sold more than 3 million copies.
In 2005, he created the association GoodPlanet.org, with the objective to promote sustainable development and raise awareness regarding ecological issues for as many people as possible.
In 2009, was released « Home », his first feature film on the alarming state of our planet.
In 2015, “Human” was the first feature film led by two non-profit foundations. The film was thus funded by the Bettencourt Schueller foundation, with the participation of the GoodPlanet foundation.
Composed of stories of men and women from all around the world, interspersed with magnificent aerial shots, “Human” questions the place occupied by human beings on the planet, their sometimes disastrous impact on nature, but above all wish to remind us of the strong connection that unites us.
Diptych of stories and images, it confronts us with others and sends us back to ourselves, offering us rare moments of beauty, a beauty that we see little of or forget to appreciate.
Yann Arthus-Bertrand reminds us: « What surrounds us is a work of art. We don’t want to see beauty anymore because there are too many pictures. Above all, we are all in a hurry, preoccupied with all that we have to do every day. We have to get out of this continuous nervousness. » (Source : L’Humanité)
So what better time than this period of forced slowdown that is the current confinement, to quietly appreciate this trip to the heart of humanity? Ready to embark?
« Human »(2015), a documentary directed by Yann Arthus-Bertrand, available free on youtube, right here. Have a nice trip!