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The first Feature Film led by two nonprofit foundations

Mostra Internazionale d'Arte Cinematografica

"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."

Yann Arthus-Bertrand

Discover the genesis of the project


HUMAN is a collection of stories about and images of our world, offering an immersion to the core of what it means to be human. Through these stories full of love and happiness, as well as hatred and violence, HUMAN brings us face to face with the Other, making us reflect on our lives. From stories of everyday experiences to accounts of the most unbelievable lives, these poignant encounters share a rare sincerity and underline who we are – our darker side, but also what is most noble in us, and what is universal. Our Earth is shown at its most sublime through never-before-seen aerial images accompanied by soaring music, resulting in an ode to the beauty of the world, providing a moment to draw breath and for introspection.

HUMAN is a politically engaged work which allows us to embrace the human condition and to reflect on the meaning of our existence.


Since 2012, the crew behind human has been gathering an exceptional range of content.
This unique collection of interviews and images is intended to be shared with the widest possible audience.

Drawing on this unrivalled collection of images, Yann Arthus-Bertrand offers us a galaxy of works adapted for all platforms and every type of interaction: cinema, television, the digital space, and major public events.

HUMAN: the cinematographic movie – 190 mins

The movie will be in theaters from 12 September in France, and from 22 September will be available for free to local authorities, NGOs, and charities that wish to organize screenings.

The TV film will be broadcast at the end of September in primetime by France 2. The version screened by France 2 will be in French. It will also be available in a subtitled version on Pluzz for catch-up screenings for 30 days.

From the most terrible conflicts that blight humanity to the most noble sentiments of which we are capable; from the great diversity of our lifestyles to the desire to come together around universal topics like family or love: these three documentaries provide an opportunity for Yann Arthus-Bertrand to explore the major themes in HUMAN. They will also be the opportunity for the director to explain his approach.

“The Two Faces of Man” will pose the question of the complexity of the human species, capable of the best and the worst, explored through the themes of war, forgiveness, love and family.

“At the Crossroads of Two Worlds” deals with sharing resources between humans in a world that operates at two speeds.

“Life: a Quest for Meaning” offers a more philosophical reflection on the meaning of life, with sequences on topics such as corruption and discrimination. Broadcast on french TV France 2.

A selection of exclusive, hypnotic and contemplative longer testimonies, combined with breathtaking aerial views: that is The Stories of HUMAN, going ever further. Broadcast on french TV France 2.

How do you conduct interviews to gather the most personal stories with the greatest emotion possible? How do you push the envelope in aerial filming for ever-more stunning footage? How could all these sequences be stitched together to create a unique yet sensitive work?
Through the images of the film being made in Paris and throughout the world, complemented with interviews, Yann Arthus-Bertrand and his crew recount these three years of work, this amazing human adventure which enabled this extraordinary work to come into being. Broadcast on french TV France 2.

This documentary following composer Armand Amar over the six months in which he created the music for HUMAN was directed by Elise Darblay.
The 52-minute film will be screened by France Télévisions in September 2015, and will also be available in English and Spanish versions. Broadcast on french TV France 2.

A specific and exclusive format of the film made up of three 90-minute episodes will be available for free on YouTube and Google Play in six languages: French, English, Russian, Spanish, Arabic and Portuguese.

To go behind the scenes of the project, Google’s Cultural Institute will offer exclusive content on its online platform retracing the three years of making the film: six digital exhibitions, a collection of thousands of photos (portraits and aerial views), and numerous full interviews.


Yann Arthus-Bertrand is a photographer and renowned specialist in aerial imagery. He has written several books, including “The Earth from the Air”, which has been translated into 24 languages and has sold more than three million copies.

In 2009, he made his first film, “Home”. This inventory of the planet was seen by more than 600 million people around the world. Available for free from YouTube, it is continuing its career. It is the most successful environmental film of the decade.

“7 Billion Others”, a portrait of humanity today, has so far been seen by 350 million people. This major exhibition that was inaugurated at the Grand Palais in Paris in 2009, before going on to travel the world, is a personal reflection developed over the space of 30 years.

It was the first step on the path that led Yann Arthus-Bertrand to make “HUMAN”.

Yann Arthus-Bertrand is also known for his commitment to the ecological battle. For five years, he hosted the famous show “Vu du Ciel” which explored environmental issues for the public broadcaster, francetélévisions.

In 2011, he made the film Planet Ocean with Michaël Pitiot, in which his incredible aerial photography accompanied by gripping footage from award-winning marine photographers took audiences on a unique journey into the very heart of our blue planet.

Since 2005 and the creation of the GoodPlanet Foundation, Yann Arthus-Bertrand has been committed to educating about the environment and the fight against climate change and its consequences. This commitment led to him being named a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Environment Program on 22 April 2009.

Since the start of the HUMAN adventure, we wanted this film to be different.

Thanks to the unconditional and exceptional support of the Bettencourt Schueller Foundation, French TV France 2 and Google, this project produced by the GoodPlanet Foundation, will be accessible to the widest possible audience throughout the world.

All available platforms, all networks, all means of communication will be used to gives the project a resounding echo.


HUMAN day will be marked by three symbolic and simultaneous events: the starting point of the HUMAN movement


To coincide with the 70th anniversary of the Untied Nations and the end of the Millennium Campaign, an exceptional premiere will be held in the General Assembly Hall of the UN headquarters in New York. The UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon, will attend the screening, which is staged with the support of the French mission.

HUMAN will be screened out-of-competition at the 72nd edition of the Venice Film Festival, where the emerging themes this year are current affairs and history.

From 12 September, Google will make HUMAN available worldwide on YouTube in six languages. Six dedicated YouTube channels will be created to make the HUMAN experience accessible to the greatest numbers, thanks to content in English, Russian, Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic and French. These six YouTube channels will offer three 90-minute films, forming a natural extension of the HUMAN project.

After the launch of the initial content, a regular feed of exclusive content will prolong the HUMAN experience over the course of a year.


Reflecting the multi-platform release in france and echoing the commitment of the project’s french distribution partners in cinemas, on tv and the internet, in order to share this project with the widest possible audience, human will benefit from an international distribution plan, the sole aim of which is to make the film available to the widest possible audience, at the most accessible prices.

To meet this challenge, besides the online availability of a 3x90-minute series on YouTube, several exceptional distribution strategies will be deployed.


The film will be made available to foreign theatrical distributors and others in the distribution chain at special rates, specifically designed to facilitate access to the widest audience possible in the freest conditions.

The GoodPlanet Foundation is not asking foreign distributors to pay any revenue from theatrical receipts, and thus hopes to encourage movie theaters worldwide to offer HUMAN at the lowest possible ticket price.

Rights fees paid by foreign TV channels will be entirely reinvested in other ways of getting the film to audiences, and in complementary educational activities, notably through charities, festivals and non-profit organizations.

To round out the package and offer HUMAN to everyone, a special team will work with all the traditional distribution channels – whether cinemas, TV channels or video publishers – so their distribution strategies can be effectively coordinated with the great many events being staged by non-profit organizations.

As such, HUMAN will be made available to charities around the world, as well as to all cultural centers, museums, institutions, NGOs, festivals and local authorities that wish to act as ambassadors for the values it conveys.

Beyond this coordination, our team will also lend its expertise gained over more than a decade in the production of complementary events, and will make a network of international contacts available to all partners who would like to use it.


Available everywhere and to everyone, HUMAN is more than one experience. this project is a baton that citizens of the world can pass on as a symbol of their commitment to greater solidarity.

This is a sizeable challenge, given the project’s ambitions, and is only possible with the participation of all: men and women active in the charity, cultural, and solidarity sectors, as well as simple citizens who want to get involved and help us launch this movement and become Ambassadors of the Living Together initiative by organizing screenings and sharing the experience on social networks with the hashtags:


HUMAN is an invitation addressed to the greatest number: an invitation to reflect on the meaning we can find in our lives, our choices, and our deepest convictions.

The questions which HUMAN raises are deeply individual, but may find collective answers in the global movement generated by the films, resulting in the forming of a bond that will bring people together around the powerful values of solidarity, sharing and engagement.

Following on from the impact of the films, discussion on social media will take on a global dimension, giving a voice to the many, and beyond simply sharing opinions on the film, may provide an answer to the question: what makes us human? (#WhatMakesUsHUMAN)

Google shares many of the project’s values, and is gearing up to give HUMAN exceptional global visibility. On the launch day on 12 September, Google will invite billions of web-users worldwide to join the movement from its home page in countries worldwide.


Human is the result of a unique collaboration and production. For the first time, two non-profit organizations have come together to enable an exceptional project to come into being.

The Bettencourt Schueller Foundation fully financed the production of this cinematographic work for philanthropic reasons, with the aim of giving it rights-free to the GoodPlanet Foundation, which drove the project, and which, with the participation France Télévisions, sets out to distribute HUMAN in the freest conditions to the widest possible audience.

This exceptional partnership allowed Yann Arthus-Bertrand to create a highly original work, and to release it in the most accessible conditions and to the widest possible audience.

For almost 30 years, the Bettencourt Schueller Foundation has been using film to serve the projects it supports, in the life sciences, the arts, and social actions. By supporting Yann Arthus-Bertrand’s HUMAN project, the Bettencourt Schueller Foundation is continuing its commitment to “valuable images”. These are images that inspire us to share a collective approach to renewing our relationship with our environment – either natural or manmade. They have been created by major directors whose personal vocations fit with a desire to celebrate the beauty of the living world, to raise awareness of the fragility of our environment, and to promote a humanistic vision of our future.

This commitment follows in the same vein as the other cinematographic works supported by the Bettencourt Schueller Foundation, including Le Syndrome du Titanic by Nicolas Hulot and Jean-Albert Lièvre, Winged Migration, Océans and Les Saisons by Jacques Perrin, and La Glace et le Ciel by Luc Jacquet.

Without the support of the Bettencourt Schueller Foundation, HUMAN would never have been made and would not have benefited from this international, multi-support roll-out, which was itself a key condition for the Foundation’s backing of such a project.


The GoodPlanet Foundation is a non-profit created in 2005. It is presided over by Yann Arthus-Bertrand, and seeks to raise awareness among the general public about environmental issues. It offers realistic and optimistic solutions drawing on a series of programs destined to put ecology and living in harmony at the heart of our thinking.

The GoodPlanet Foundation is a non-profit created in 2005. It is presided over by Yann Arthus-Bertrand, and seeks to raise awareness among the general public about environmental issues. It offers realistic and optimistic solutions drawing on a series of programs destined to put ecology and living in harmony at the heart of our thinking.

“I created the GoodPlanet Foundation to raise awareness, and to inform and educate the general public of all ages and viewpoints. But also to carry out concrete actions and to inspire people to get involved with projects that help respect Mankind and our planet.”
Yann Arthus-Bertrand, President of the GoodPlanet Foundation.

GoodPlanet is behind all the initiatives – educations, web-based, books, etc. – which accompany HUMAN, and is coordinating the film’s distribution strategy.


True to our convictions, all these shoots were carbon-offset through the GoodPlanet Foundation’s Action Carbone Solidaire program.

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