Festival of Ideas May 2017
Human 12A (S)
In this astonishing documentary film French photographer and environmental activist Yann Arthus-Bertrand brings together stories of extreme experience, filmed worldwide over three years, to create a passionate, challenging and stunningly visual account of what it means to alive today.
'It seems to me that Human is one of the greatest films ever made. Watching it, I felt I really knew more what it means to be human - I’d gained in wisdom. Human is a massive ambition massively fulfilled. I want my children and my friends and our world leaders to see it tomorrow.’ - Richard Curtis, director, Four Weddings and a Funeral.
The film has won major international awards and so far been seen by over 60 million people globally, although still awaiting a general release in the UK.
Why has the Human made such an impact? Drawing on the experience of over two thousand people in 60 countries the film creates intimate contact with extraordinary lives, where personal testimony transcends individual circumstance with rare sincerity, wisdom and humanity. Moreover the stunning cinematography and production values offer a powerful antidote to conventional media representations of Otherness.
‘I know I’ll have to reflect on the film for months to come, to truly let it sink in and allow it to uncover within me the answers’ - E.Nina Rothe, The Huffington Post.
In France Human opened in 500 cinemas, and France 2 television devoted an entire day to the film and its themes. Local councils in over 600 towns and villages organised screenings and debates. This engagement is being repeated across the world.
So join us to have your say on this remarkable film and the issues it raises, not all of them comfortable or familiar.
With an introduction by John Adams, emeritus Professor of Film and Screen Media Practice at the University of Bristol. Followed by a Skype Q&A with director Yann Arthus-Bertrand.