A few clips from the plethora of different interviews for the film captured what happiness is to different people and what they've learned about this feeling from life.
There are moments we wish things were better and moments in life filled with gratitude. To remind us what happiness could mean to different people, a few experiences and perspectives were captured by Yann Arthus-Bertrand. "Made of exclusive aerial footage and first-person stories, filmed in 60 countries," "HUMAN" features what it is to be human in today's world. What is it that distinguishes us as humans? Is it because we love that we fight? Why do we laugh? Cry? What piques our interest? The quest for knowledge? In order to answer these questions, filmmaker-photographer Yann spent three years interviewing 2,000 women and men. The interviews "capture deeply personal and emotional accounts of topics that unite us all; struggles with poverty, war, homophobia, and the future of our planet mixed with moments of love and happiness." Yann expresses, "I'm 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 isn't making any progress. We can't always manage to live together. Why is that? Didn't look for an answer in statistics and analysis but in man himself."
A few clips from the plethora of different interviews captured what happiness is to different people and what they've learned about this feeling from life. In one of the clips, a woman described what happiness means to her. It reminds us of how small our problems can seem and how capable little things in life are to make us feel pleasure and delight. We don't have to seek or wait for something big to happen to be happy. "I'm very happy when it rains when I drink milk and I have a good life. When I put on weight...when I eat everything I like and when I sleep with the man I love who says sweet things to me. When I am in a nice hut which protects me from cold and the rain. Those are the things that make me happy," she expressed.
Bruno Hansen described that he lived "nowhere really" and stays "forever young...trying to be 39 forever." He likes roaming around the planet, discovering different things, meeting people and "living 1000 different lives." He used to be into karate and has issues with aggression before being paralyzed. Expressing how he was able to still find some peace in the ocean after being paralyzed, he says, "It was a mental disability. You have to come to terms with something physical. The ocean fixed a mental side of mine that made me accept the physical limitation I have. It hasn't stopped me from experiencing huge amounts of joy in the ocean, much more than I was walking or surfing big waves. Now, when I surf waves lying down like a bodyboarder, I feel more joy than I did before. How does that make sense to the rest of world? I don't know. It has healed me in a physical, spiritual and emotional capacity," he shared.
José (Pepe) Mujica, a former President of Uruguay from 2010 to 2015 and a freedom fighter in the 60s was detained like a hostage by the dictatorship between 1973 and 1985. He believes in living with sobriety, with what is necessary and fairest. He shares, "I spent almost ten years in solitary, in a hole." He had plenty of time to think and reflect. This is what he discovered, "Either you're happy with very little, free of all that extra luggage, because you have happiness inside, or you don't get anywhere! I am not advocating poverty. I am advocating sobriety." He states that it gets very difficult for one to increase happiness in a consumer society since we focus on just the economy. He sees this as "a tragedy. A mountain of superfluous needs...a waste of our lives." He urges us to focus less on money spent on buying things and more hours of life spent earning that money. "Life is one thing money can't buy." Although he doesn't encourage going back to living in caves, he encourages us to not waste our resources on "useless things" and believes that the way to happiness is living in modesty.