Human: The Movie. A Powerful and Moving Documentary by Yann Arthus-Bertrand
“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.”
Director, Yann Arthus-Bertrand
What is it that makes us human? Is it that we love, that we fight ? That we laugh ? Cry ? Our curiosity ? The quest for discovery ? Driven by these questions, filmmaker and artist Yann Arthus-Bertrand spent three years collecting real-life stories from 2,000 women and men in 60 countries. Working with a dedicated team of translators, journalists and cameramen, Yann captures deeply personal and emotional accounts of topics that unite us all; struggles with poverty, war, homophobia, and the future of our planet mixed with moments of love and happiness.
HUMAN is an invitation addressed to the greatest number: an invitation to reflect on the meaning we can find in our lives, our choices, and our deepest convictions.
The questions which HUMAN raises are deeply individual, but may find collective answers in the global movement generated by the films, resulting in the forming of a bond that will bring people together around the powerful values of solidarity, sharing and engagement.
Following on from the impact of the films, discussion on social media will take on a global dimension, giving a voice to the many, and beyond simply sharing opinions on the film, may provide an answer to the question: what makes us human? (#WhatMakesUsHUMAN)
Yann Arthus-Bertrand is a photographer and renowned specialist in aerial imagery. He has written several books, including “The Earth from the Air”, which has been translated into 24 languages and has sold more than three million copies.
In 2009, he made his first film, “Home”. This inventory of the planet was seen by more than 600 million people around the world. Available for free from YouTube, it is continuing its career. It is the most successful environmental film of the decade.
“7 Billion Others”, a portrait of humanity today, has so far been seen by 350 million people. This major exhibition that was inaugurated at the Grand Palais in Paris in 2009, before going on to travel the world, is a personal reflection developed over the space of 30 years.
It was the first step on the path that led Yann Arthus-Bertrand to make “HUMAN”.
Yann Arthus-Bertrand is also known for his commitment to the ecological battle. For five years, he hosted the famous show “Vu du Ciel” which explored environmental issues for the public broadcaster, francetélévisions.
In 2011, he made the film Planet Ocean with Michaël Pitiot, in which his incredible aerial photography accompanied by gripping footage from award-winning marine photographers took audiences on a unique journey into the very heart of our blue planet.
Since 2005 and the creation of the GoodPlanet Foundation, Yann Arthus-Bertrand has been committed to educating about the environment and the fight against climate change and its consequences. This commitment led to him being named a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Environment Program on 22 April 2009.