Exploring Our Human Connection

Posted on September 4, 2016 by Heidi Jackson

Have you ever watched something that stirred your soul so much that you could neither switch it off, nor bear for it to finish?

Some time ago, possibly a year or two, I remember stumbling onto a google page with a collage of wonderful and intriguing faces – faces of every age and race and each one staring back at me willing me to hear their story. I remember it said something like “Human, the movie, coming soon”.

Image: Portraits from HUMAN the movie, exploring our human connection
Source: HUMAN

I recently circled back to watch Human- The Movie and I had to share the experience with you.

The film is, for the most part, a snapshot of life stories from people all over the world. It is not a film with opinion or judgement – it is a film of quiet statement -a film that shares our humanness in all its multifaceted multicolored simplicity and complexity. Covering as vast a spectrum as you can imagine of what it is to be human. The love, the loss, the gain, the pain, the joy, the terror, the peace, the imprisonment, the liberation – it is laid bare in these vignettes, each poignant and moving in their own right.

But whilst it can be interesting and even fascinating to listen to the spectrum of life stories, the real gold that flows with increasing intensity as an invisible powerful force throughout the film, is the connection between storyteller and viewer. The life experiences conveyed are as rich and diverse as any and yet, without needing to personally live those experiences, it is easy and effortless to connect – to feel love and compassion and understanding with complete strangers.

The film is directed by Yann Arthus-Bertrand. There is no doubt, from the very first scene, that you are in the hands of a director who is taking you on a voyage beyond what you think you have seen or known of both the world and it’s people. It is not just the spoken content of the film that stirs the soul, the lens through which Yann offers us a view is simply breathtaking.

Human – the Movie is split into three parts on Youtube. Here is a two minute trailer:

If you want to dive in here is Part One of the series. I had to limit myself to 10 minutes a day to fully absorb all the richness and beauty within!

*Turn on Closed Captions (CC), to learn the names of the interviewees and the countries the images are from.

Isn’t it amazing that even though life experiences, different races ages sexual preferences and histories can be seemingly unimaginable at an individual level, there is an invisible connectivity between us that at it’s most base level translates as: I human – you human – we are one.

There is nothing forced in the film – nothing that makes you feel like you’re being marketed to, or like there is a propaganda to it – it is what it is, and the wonder and awe and power of what it is in equal parts spoken and unspoken. It is for everyone. I hope one day it is a film for discussion in schools. Social networks may connect us at one level, but looking into the eyes of another and hearing their story connects us in altogether different ways.

The notion of our oneness is not something new, but it does feel that as awareness of global consciousness expands from theory to being measured in multiple ways, that maybe we are getting closer to being able to better understand it and use it for the joy of living with more love and compassion for each other.

For more greatness on the matter of our unseen connectivity, I’ll leave you with the spoken word of Marshall Davis Jones and his brilliant expression of it –  prepare to have your spirit soaring!

Keep your light shining bright & let your love flow.

-Heidi

Check out another article we wrote on the power of connection featuring a photographer who shows that strangers can connect in unexpected ways.

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