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‘Human’ the Movie

I began watching this film, Human, because the cinematography is mesmerizing. At first I didn’t understand what it was about, and didn’t need to.

It began to gel, though, when people started talking about love. From all over the world, they shared from their heart what love means to them. Touching. Profound. Sometimes, amusing.

The film took a slow, wide-angle turn from there, wending its way through various aspects of being Human. Rather a broad experience, there are three volumes. All of it, great art.

Eventually, I grasped what Human the Movie is about. It’s an invitation to all of humanity to rejoin the human race.

Human Vol. 1

Turn on the Closed Captions (CC) to know the countries where the images were filmed and the first name of the interviewees.

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 VOL. 1 deals with the themes of love, women, work and poverty.

— Human the Movie

Human Vol. 2

Human VOL. 2 deals with the themes of war, forgiving, homosexuality, family, and life after death.

— Human the Movie

Human Vol. 3

Human VOL. 3 deals with the themes of happiness, education, disability, immigration, corruption, and the meaning of life.

— Human the Movie


About The Author

JoAnn Chateau

JoAnn Chateau likes progressive politics and loves the canines. She writes fiction about an alpha Bichon named Chester, and his friends–with a dash of humor and a dab of poli-sci. JoAnn worked professionally in the Psychology and Information Science fields. Retired now, she enjoys the creative life.


  1. Dr. Rex

    Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    HUMAN …. an invitation to rejoin the human face!!

    • JoAnn Chateau

      Thanks for reblog!

      • Dr. Rex

        You’re most welcome!!

  2. swo8

    Mind blowing, JoAnn. I hope more people get to see it.

  3. Rosaliene Bacchus

    JoAnn, thanks for sharing the links to this series of videos, HUMAN. I look forward to watching them later this evening.

    In my urban world, we have become so isolated from each other that concern for a neighbor is viewed as intrusive and a simple touch on the arm can be offensive. So close yet so far apart.

  4. thespiritkeepers

    Wow powerful. I didn’t watch the whole 3 hours of the two videos but what I did watch intermittently was hitting home about humanities’ dark side.

  5. smilecalm

    hoping someday
    to learn what it means
    to be human!
    thanks for sharing 🙂

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