What Makes Us Human
All photos by Arthus-Bertrand
In the midst of the world's unparalleled refugee crisis comes this month's launch of HUMAN by filmmaker Yann Arthus-Bertrand, a documentary exploring our humanity - both its darkness and light - and our relation to the earth. After three years of collecting stories from 2,000 people in 60 countries, Arthus-Bertrand offers extraordinary portraits, tales of life and death and beauty, and his signature aerial imagery of a world that, he insists, we must all learn to share. Viewing himself as merely "one man among seven billion," he seeks to discover what it means to be human through personal stories, struggles, lessons and communities. The film, which exists in 11 variations ranging up to almost three hours, is the result of a collaboration between two non-profits - the Bettencourt Schueller Foundation and the GoodPlanet Foundation - with the participation of France Télévisions. It premiered at the U.N., followed by a showing at the Venice Film Festival; this week, it will be available for free distribution. For Arthus-Bertrand, it's a labor of love, testimony to his belief that, "We all have inside of us this will to live together." Here are a couple of stories.