8th DMZ Docs(2016)
I AM DOCU
Human is a documentary film shot with High definition cameras. Yann Arthus-Bertrand wants to create a balance between speeches, music and contemplation chaining testimonies of men and women to aesthetic air image in slow motion. This movie will capture the spontaneity of the situations as a means to show Diversity as s value.
Human is an ambitious attempt to construct the human life totally in the mosaic mode. The film portrays people that the director and the production crew had met and interviewed in 60 countries over a period of three years. The interviewees tell the vivid stories grounded on their experiences regarding the abstract themes, such as happiness, love, hatred and war. Their stories provide an opportunity to think about the human nature in which good and evil are concurrent, and to reflect on the way of the human life in which solidarity and hostility co-exist in the film.
The film, recombining the stories about people from a range of backgrounds, look like a grand architecture integrating the human voice. The director takes a drastic method to exclude the secondary cinematic elements, so that the audience draw the attention to their faces and incline the ear to their voices. This cinematic mode of the film, that leads the audience staring a person in the face and listening to a person carefully at the same time, stimulates their visual and auditory senses and offer them an experience to live other people's life. Furthermore, he approaches, in contemplative mood, to the symbiotic relationship between man and civilization, between man and nature, through the poetic images of people who live in harmony with the scene of vast plains or exist as an ornament hanging from the metropolis. [Lee Do-hun]
Algeria from above (2015)Terra (2015)Switzerland from above for Switzerland Tourism (2014)Metz and the Messin Pays, View from above (2013)Mediterranean, A Sea for all (2013) “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. It is in faces, looks, and words that I find a powerful way of reaching the depths of the human soul. Each encounter brings you a step closer. Each story is unique. By exploring the experiences of the Other, I was in search of understanding. Do we all have the same thirst for love, freedom and recognition? In a world torn between tradition and modernity, do our fundamental needs remain the same? Deep down, what does it mean to be human today? What is the meaning of life? Are our differences so great? Do we, in fact, share more values than we might have imagined? And if so, why can we not manage to understand one another?I wanted to pose these questions and discuss humanity through what, at first, seemed a crazy, utopian project. My crew and I approached the task with a great deal of humility. In the course of two years, we visited 60 countries and recorded some 2,020 interviews in our search for others’ lives – above all, those about whom no one ever talks, and who tell their story here for the first time.I dreamed of a film in which the power of the words resonates over the beauty of the world. By putting humanity’s ills – poverty, war, immigration, homophobia – at the heart of the film, I made some politically engaged choices. But the interviewees spoke to us about all kinds of topics, from their difficulties in growing up to their search for love and happiness. It is this vast wealth of human discourse which lies at the heart of HUMAN.This film carries the voice of all the men and women who told me their stories. It is their messenger. I made the film I had dreamed of; my wish now is that everyone can use it in their own way organizing screenings and becoming ambassadors of the Living Together initiative.