Human: The Incredible Movie Exploring What Binds Humanity

07/02/2016 5:21 PM AEDT | Updated 15/07/2016 12:51 PM AEST
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Yann Arthus-Bertrand

Yann Arthus-Bertrand has been photographing people and the planet for over 40 years.

As he has collected stories about humanity over those four decades, one thing has become apparent to him -- despite perceived progress, mankind continues to make the same mistakes.

It raised a burning question in Arthus-Bertrand's mind, why are we incapable of living together?

Instead of looking to answer this through statistics, the filmmaker and artist chose to analyse men and women themselves.

So over three years, across 60 different countries and by speaking to 2000 men and women through a team of translators, Arthus-Bertran has created HUMAN, a politically charged movie that looks at the struggles that bind us. Poverty, war, homophobia and the future hopes for our planet.

HUMAN has been released as a full movie but also in segments online. Here are just a few.

Denis Mukwege -- France.

Mukwege is a gynaecologist and obstetrician. He spends his day caring for women who have been assaulted, raped, or underdone genital mutilation. He speaks with passion about equality and giving women back their lives and dignity after assault.

"Rape is being used as a weapon... How can we talk about equality when we allow this type of crime to be perpetrated?," he said.

Katie Robertson -- USA.

Robertson is an ex-soldier who was raped. Her interview goes through extreme stages. From her time in the army, her rape, to accepting she was gay and falling in love, this is a powerful account of trauma and overcoming struggle.

Ian -- Australia.

It's hard for city people to understand how someone can live in such isolation in the Outback. But Ian talks about just what separates farmers from "city folk". He describes his love of growing things and the open spaces.

"Your land becomes apart of you," he explained.

Vandemba -- Nambia

In many cultures it's of course completley accepted that a father will choose his daughter's husband, and that man may be several years older. For most that don't like in such cultures it's shocking to consider such circumstances.

However, Vandemba from Opuwo, a village northwest of Nambia talks about the love she has for both her father and husband and how the day she was married was the happiest day of her life.

To see more from HUMAN The Movie, head over here.

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