HUMAN Extended version VOL.1
Human the movie
What is it that makes us human? Is it that we love, that we fight ? That we laugh ? Cry ? Our curiosity ? The quest for discovery ?
Driven by these questions, filmmaker and artist Yann Arthus-Bertrand spent three years collecting real-life stories from 2,000 women and men in 60 countries. Working with a dedicated team of translators, journalists and cameramen, Yann captures 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.
would beat me with extension cords
pieces of wood and all kinds of stuff.
He would tell me: “It hurt me more than it hurt 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,
in 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
because she saw past my condition
and the fact that I was in prison with a life sentence for murder.
And not only for murder but 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, the woman and child that I murdered,
who gave me my best lesson about love,
By all rights, she should hate me.
But she didn’t.
And, 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.
A PEN Award winning essayist and educator, Leonard Andre Scovens, Jr. co-wrote the 2014 Writer’s Digest Self Published Book Award winner, Wildflowers in the Median, which has been adapted into a play touring the southern U.S. [The book was co-authored with Agnes Fury, the mother and granddaughter of Leonard Scoven’s two victims.]
Leonard also created the Higher Ground Workshop Series and co-founded Achieve Higher Ground, a non-profit restorative justice service provider in Florida.
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