Human

Documentary | France | Yann Arthus-Bertrand | 2015 | 134 min | 18+

Opening film

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? Yann Arthus-Bertrand, filmmaker and artist, is worried about all these questions. 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. In the movie there is a puzzle interview of all kinds of people: from Bill Gates to members of the “untouchables” caste of India, from migrants in Calais to Syrian rebels, from the chiefs of African secret tribesto citizens of a megapolis–picture of modern humanity, its big and small tragedies and hopes. Human is a transmedia project with more than 2,000 interviews from more than 70 countries and hundreds hours of video material. The result of the work is a movie, a multimedia platform created for the project by Google, an exhibition of photographs and a new book. On 12 September 2015, the film was screened simultaneously in New York at the 70thanniversary session of UN General Assembly and at the 72nd Biennale del cinema in Venice. Google company representatives, considering the significance of this film, started the project simultaneously in 6 languages: in Arabic, in English, in French, in Portuguese, in Spanish and in Russian.

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...

Yann Arthus-Bertrand

Photographer and film director, Yann Arthus-Bertrand is widely known for his aerophotoprojects. His work «Earth from Above» was a resounding success all over the world. The outdoor photo exhibition, presented in a hundred countries, was attended by around 200million people. Yann Arthus-Bertrand created the Good planet foundation, a non-governmental organization, that works to educate people about the environment, climate change and itsimpacts. He is also the author of «Earth from Above», a television documentary series, in which each episode exploresa particular ecological issue. Yann Arthus-Bertrand also produced a full-length film «HOME» about the present state of our planet, which has been seen by more than 600 million viewers. His film «A thirsty world» (La soif du monde) was awarded the prize "Baikal" for the importance of the ecological problem at the XII Baikal International Festival of documentary and popular-science films "People and environment” in 2013. His documentary film "Planet Ocean" (2012) and project "7 billion Others" are widely known.

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