Festival of Ideas May 2017
Human 18 (CTBA) (S)
An astonishing documentary by artist photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand, author of the bestseller The Earth from The Air, who spent three years collecting real-life emotional stories from more than 2,000 people across 60 countries.
A Sudanese man whose sisters and wives were raped in front of him. An exhausted Asian sex worker who sacrifices herself to support her parents and children. A Latino woman angry at watching hotel guests throw away food while she remains hungry. Epic in its ambition, this opus intersperses stunning aerial landscape shots with talking heads from around the world sharing their authentic personal experiences. Stories are organised around big themes - love, war, gender, sexual orientation and poverty. Earth is shown at its most sublime through never-before-seen aerial images, resulting in a moving ode to the beauty of the world.
A remarkable achievement and an indelible cinematic experience.
Followed by a Q&A with John Adams - a Bristol-based writer, film and theatre practitioner and emeritus professor of film practice at Bristol University.