Dive deep into the minds of human from different corners of the world.
This is the first-part video of the three part-series documentary released in 2015 by Yann Arthus-Bertrand, a French environmentalist. The Vol-I mainly focuses on the topics such as love, women, work and poverty.
The cinematic aerial footage and the first-person story telling method can make this documentary deeply personal and emotional to many audiences.
It gently exposes the other side of life and humanity that is mostly unknown to the Internet-generations and by the end of the video, it leaves the viewers with more questions to ponder upon than they actually began with.
The documentary is more like a storytelling or perspective collection from different individuals around the world on different topics like love, woman, poverty, work, etc.
The following are some of the best stories and perspectives you can find in the video. For more stories, please watch the complete video above.
I remember… My stepfather would beat me with extension cords and hangers, pieces of wood and all kinds of stuff. He would tell me:”It hurt me more than you.”I only did it, because I love you.” It communicated the wrong message to me about what love was. So, for many years, I thought that love was supposed to hurt. I hurt everyone that I loved. And I measured love by how much pain someone would take from me. And it wasn’t until I came to prison, an environment that is devoid of love, that I began to have some understanding about what it actually was and was not. I met someone. She gave me my first real insight into what love was. She saw past my condition and the fact that I was in prison with a life sentence for doing the worst kind of murder that a man can do: murdering a woman and a child. It was Agnes, the mother and grandmother of…Patricia and Chris, that I murdered, who gave me my best lesson about love. By all rights, she should hate me. But she didn’t. Over the course of time, through the journey that we took, it has been pretty amazing, she gave me love. She taught me what it was.
As I was irradiated by the atomic bomb in Hiroshima, my fiancée’s parents were opposed to the marriage. And as we couldn’t stay together, we made a decision:”In this world, our love is forbidden, so let’s be in love in the hereafter.” We took the sleeping pills to die together. I don’t know if it was good luck or bad, but I regained consciousness. Afterwards, we cried on the hillside, two of us. As we couldn’t be together in this world, we wanted to die together and we weren’t able to. What a terrible destiny! We cried with all our hearts. That’s what happened. My health was more or less good. But I still survived. Her parents finally gave their permission. After seven and a half years, we could get married at last. After going through such a thing, when I’m confronted with a difficulty in life, I think of all that and I can get over anything. We’ve been a wonderful couple. Sunao – Japan
When you marry someone, you marry them as they are. At a given moment, you love them the way they are. I had an accident. I lost my arms and legs. She didn’t marry a guy with no arms or legs. But she stood it for a number of years. We ended up separating, we got a divorce. I had to start a new life. It took me 3 years to get over the break-up. After 3 years, I said to myself: “You can’t stay on your own!” So, I signed up on the internet to a dating site. At first, I just put a head shot. The rest was a surprise. I didn’t show I had no arms or legs. I had fun on the net, but when I told people about my handicap, nobody answered me. So, I announced my handicap and one day, I met Suzanna. There we are, love is possible. We’ve been together for 8 years. Suzanna has 3 girls, I have 2 boys. We have a one-eyed dog, 4 cats, a guinea-pig. It’s one big reconstituted family. Anything’s possible. I found love again. And we really love each other. So, that’s cool. Philippe -France
“When I decided to divorce, I wouldn’t back down. My husband came to my parents’ house. He went in, the door was open, and he stabbed me. It was the hardest thing I’ve ever experienced. I saw my life flash past. What a nightmare. I couldn’t believe it. I thought he was just threatening me. I never thought he’d go through with it. A man who loved me and whom I loved, with whom I lived for 10 years, with whom I had children… I couldn’t believe it. I yelled:” Chadi!” Chadi is his first name. He knifed me several times. I thought I was going to die as a martyr. I collapsed. Alerted by the noise, my brother came upstairs. The second shock I has – because I could still hear sounds around me – was when my daughter came into the room where I was lying. She started screaming: “Mama’s dead!”. I think that was the hardest thing. Knowing that my daughter… In the hospital, I said to the doctor:”My daughter, my daughter…” The doctor shouted: “Think about yourself ! Forget your daughter, forget everyone!” My daughter and my mother… I was so scared for them, after this shock. And it was start of my life, not the end. I got up and I decided that my life should completely change. It had to change. Thanks to God, I’m still standing. Thanks to God.” Abeer – Lebanon
At home, on weekends, I do the cooking. One day, a friend came to my house. He said: “You do the cooking?” I said: “Yes.” “Is your wife sick?” I said: “No, she’s resting.” “What? You do the cooking while your wife has a rest?” “Yes, she needs rest.” He said: “My wife will never come visit you. You’d put ideas in her head. When she comes home, she’ll ask me to cook too.” I said to him: “You must understand that they need to rest.” Anyway, I enjoy cooking for my family. Arsene – Burkina Faso
I’m in prison, because I had an abortion. I couldn’t have continued my studies because I was in a boarding school and I didn’t want to stop my studies. I’d have stopped for too long, with the pregnancy, the birth, breastfeeding, and I couldn’t consider that. So, I decided to have an abortion. What pleases me today is that I’m getting out of prison tomorrow. I’ll start a normal life again. I’ll do what I couldn’t do during my imprisonment. I’ll continue my studies and work. And maybe one day, I’ll have a child. I’ll be just like everyone else. Cynthia – Rwanda
My daily work is to look at empty bottles. I pick them up and look carefully, to make sure they’re clean inside. That’s what I do every day. I start at 7.30 am and I finish at 7.30 pm. Or I may start at 7.30 pm and stop at 7 am. I get home at about 8 am. The most important thing I do is look at bottles every day. If I work from 7 am to 7 pm, that means I look at bottles for 12 hours. Yuijan – China
The way we live and our values are the expression of the society we live in. And we cling to that. It doesn’t matter if I’m the president (of Uruguay). I have thought about all this a lot. I spent over 10 years in a solitary confinement cell. I had the time… I spent 7 years without opening a book. It left me time to think. This is what I discovered. Either you’re happy with very little, without overburdening yourself, because you have happiness inside, or you’ll get nowhere. I am not advocating poverty. I’m advocating sobriety. But we invented a consumer society… which is continually seeking growth. When there’s no growth, it’s tragic. We invented a mountain of superfluous needs. You have to keep buying, throwing away… It’s our lives we are squandering. When I buy something, or when you buy it, we’re not paying with money. We’re paying with the time from our lives we had to spend to earn that money. The difference is that you can’t buy life. Life just goes by. And it’s terrible to waste your life losing your freedom. Jose – Uruguay
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