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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 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 team working on human has gathered an exceptional wealth of content. Drawing on this unrivaled library of footage, Yann Arthus-Bertrand has created a galaxy of works adapted to all platforms and every use: cinema, TV, the digital platforms, and major public events.

HUMAN: The theatrical movie – 191 min

The 3h11 cinematic version is the original work directed by Yann Arthus-Bertrand.

The 2h43 version is the short cinematic version of the original work directed by Yann Arthus-Bertrand (2016).

Specially formatted for France 2, the TV film was broadcasted in prime time in French. France 2 has also aired many other films from the HUMAN galaxy: “On the Trail of HUMAN”, “The Stories of HUMAN”, “The HUMAN Adventure”, and “HUMAN: The Music”.

These three documentaries provide an opportunity for Yann Arthus-Bertrand to develop the major themes in HUMAN and to explain his choices and his intentions.

“The Two Faces of Mankind” asks the question of the complexity of the human being, capable of the best and the worst, explored through themes such as war, forgiveness, love and family.

“At the Crossroads of Two Worlds” examines the importance of sharing resources among people in a two speed world.

“Life: A Search for Meaning” offers a more philosophical reflection on the meaning of life, with exclusive sequences about corruption and discrimination.

An exclusive, hypnotic and contemplative selection of longer testimonies, along with some breathtaking aerial footage: The Stories of HUMAN take things a step further.

How do you conduct interviews to obtain the most personal and emotionally charged stories? How can one take aerial photography to the next level? What is the best way to structure these sequences so they create a unique and sensitive work? Through behind-the-scenes footage and interviews filmed in Paris and around the world, Yann Arthus-Bertrand and his crew talk about the three years of work that made the HUMAN adventure which resulted in such an exceptional oeuvre.

A documentary following the composer Armand Amar during the six months of the creation of the music for HUMAN, directed by Elise Darblay.

For an immersion in the creation of the project, the Google Cultural Institute is offering exclusive content retracing the three years of making the film on its online content platform. This includes six digital exhibitions, a catalog of thousands of photos (portraits and aerial views), and many full interviews.


Yann Arthus-Bertrand was born in 1946, and has always nurtured a passion for animals and the natural world. At a very early age, he began to use a camera to record his observations and accompany his writings.

On the occasion of the first Earth Summit in Rio in 1992, Yann decided to embark upon a major photographic project about the state of the world and its inhabitants: Earth From Above. This book enjoyed international success, selling more than three million copies. His open-air photographic exhibition was shown in around 100 countries and seen by some 200 million people.

Yann continued his commitment to the environmental cause with the creation of the GoodPlanet Foundation. Since 2005, this non-profit organization has been investing in educating people about the environment and the fight against climate change.

This commitment saw him appointed United Nations Environment Program Goodwill Ambassador in 2009. That same year, he made his first feature-length film, HOME, about the state of the planet. This movie was seen by almost 600 million spectators around the world.

In 2011, Yann codirected PLANET OCEAN with Michael Pitiot, which had its world premier in June 2012 at Rio+20, the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development.

In 2015, his film HUMAN was simultaneously screened at the Venice Film Festival and at the United Nations General Assembly in the presence of Ban Ki-Moon. Through this collection of personal statements about love, happiness, and also hatred and violence, HUMAN forces us to confront the Other and to reflect on our own lives. This feature-length film conveys more than ever Yann’s desire to awaken our collective consciousness, with the aim of raising awareness among as many people as possible.

Also in 2015, at the COP21 Sustainable Innovation Forum in Paris, Yann presented another film, TERRA, which retells the incredible story of life on Earth.

Yann Arthus-Bertrand is now exploring a new challenge, directing his latest project, WOMAN.

Since the start of the HUMAN adventure, we wanted this film to be different and accessible to the widest possible audience. All available platforms, all networks, all means of communication are used to give the project a resounding echo.


Human Day involved four symbolic and simultaneous events, and was the starting point for the HUMAN movement.


An exceptional premiere took place in the presence of the Secretary General of the Untied Nations, Ban Ki-moon, in the General Assembly Hall of the United Nations, transformed for the occasion into a theater. This was accompanied by debates to mark the 70th anniversary of the United Nations and the end of the Millennium campaign, along with the support of the French mission. The presentation of the film to representatives of member-states in this symbolic venue was a great honor and underlined the close links between the GoodPlanet Foundation and the UN, for whom Yann Arthus-Bertrand is proud to be a UN Environment Program Goodwill Ambassador since 2009.

HUMAN had a special screening out of competition at the 72nd edition of the Venice Film Festival, where it received a standing ovation.

Google made sure the film and the project were accessible to the widest possible audience everywhere on the planet thanks to the technology of the web. From the 12th of September 2015, web users worldwide could watch the film for free on YouTube and Google Play. Seven YouTube channels were created to distribute three 90-minute films in seven language versions: English, French, Russian, Spanish, Arabic, Italian and Portuguese. For an immersion into the heart of the HUMAN project, online audiences can visit the platform of the Google Cultural Institute:

The same day, in a powerful symbol, the Fête de l’Humanité, a major festival based on the values of sharing, invited visitors to a huge public screening.


Thanks to the engagement of cinema operators and our partners, France 2, Google, and the Association of the Mayors of France (AIMF), HUMAN enjoyed a unique launch in France in its various formats.


Initially conceived for the big screen, the theatrical version of HUMAN was offered exclusively to cinemas.

To encourage cinemas to get behind the HUMAN project and to offer tickets at the most accessible prices, the GoodPlanet Foundation made the film available at the minimum legal distribution terms.


The film’s crew along with Yann Arthus-Bertrand welcomed the public for an event called HUMAN: The Encounter, which featured a screening of the film and making of, discussions, workshops and much more.

Following the exclusive theatrical window, screening kits were made available to local authorities, universities, high schools, non-profits and local cultural associations throughout France. To encourage discussion and sharing around the values conveyed by HUMAN, accompanying materials were distributed and a coordination team was set up to help local organizers stage their own HUMAN events.

Thanks to the support of the Association of Mayors of France and CapCom, many local and regional authorities held screening-debates (e.g.: in Marseille at the Villa Méditerranée, a major HUMAN exhibition was held from 18/09/15 to 04/10/15, with other events in Cannes, Lille, Hennebont, Orléans, etc.). In total, several hundred municipalities took part in the project by organizing participatory HUMAN events, allowing local associations and individuals to become ambassadors of the Living-Together movement, by stimulating debate after the film and presenting their solutions and initiatives.

France 2 dedicated an evening to the release of HUMAN, with special programming from 8:45pm to 2:00am.

The public broadcaster was a solid partner of the HUMAN project, and screened a version specially edited for the TV, followed by complementary contents such as the making-of. Throughout the day, the themes in the film were tackled by the network’s programming, along with coverage in news shows, providing an echo of the online and offline promotional campaign.


HUMAN is a universal project that sets out to reach the widest possible number of spectators. More than just a film, HUMAN strengthens our social ties by promoting values such as living together, love, tolerance, and resilience. Through its multicultural nature, HUMAN is ideally positioned to roll out in every country, in both commercial and non-commercial circuits.

After the success of its global launch at the UN General Assembly in New York and the Venice Film Festival in September 2015, HUMAN has been screened in over 60 countries on five continents.

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The GoodPlanet teams is devoted to effectively coordinate non-commercial events and partners with local distributors.


The GoodPlanet Foundation has reached agreements with several foreign distributors to ensure a multi-channel release in countries including Belgium, Russia, China, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Norway, Brazil and Italy.

Given the values and social scope of HUMAN, its international sale strategy on international markets includes cooperation with institutional and non-commercial stakeholders in the non-profit, political, academic and cultural spheres. With the aim of guaranteeing access to the widest possible audience on the freest conditions, the GoodPlanet Foundation decided to diversify distribution channels.

To dovetail the theatrical release with DVD, broadcast and digital distribution, the HUMAN team is coordinating the international sales strategy with France Télévision Distribution.

In order to bring the film to people, the HUMAN team has mobilized vast international networks to reach almost thousands of spectators through festivals, diplomatic presentations, the United Nations, cultural centers, NGOs, and foundations.

The renowned festivals which have screened HUMAN include the Bergen International Film Festival (Norway), the Istanbul lnternational Festival of Independent Film (Turkey), the Mumbai International Film Festival (India), the Mar del Plata International Festival (Argentina), CPH:Dox (Denmark), and Zagreb:Dox (Croatia), Jeonju International Film Festival (South Korea).

HUMAN has been well received by international audiences and won the Jury Award at the Eurodok Festival (Norway), the Audience Award at the Panorama of European Film in Cairo (Egypt), second place in the Audience Award at IDFA (Netherlands); and third place in the natural and cultural heritage section at the EKO International Environment Film Festival (Czech Republic).

If you wish to organize a public screening in your country, please contact Lara (


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

This is a sizeable challenge, given the scope of the project, and it 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 of people – an invitation to reflect on the meaning we give to life, one’s choices, and one’s deepest beliefs.

The questions that the HUMAN project asks are profoundly personal, but they might find collective responses in the global movement inspired by the films, enabling the formation of a bond and bringing people together around strong values of solidarity, sharing, and engagement.

In a direct follow-on from the films, social discussions will then take on a global dimension and will allow a voice to as many people as possible to answer this question: What makes us human? (#WhatMakesUsHUMAN). It also allows people to give their impressions of the film.

Sharing many of the values of HUMAN, Google has given the project global reach. The company paid an exceptional tribute on the day of the launch, inviting billons of web-users worldwide to join the movement from its home page in numerous countries.


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.

To find out more about the Action Carbone Solidaire program, go to :