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In the more than three hours long documentary Human from 2015, the French photographer and filmmaker Yann Arthus-Bertrand let people from all over the world talk about their lives straight into the camera – and thus directly to us as spectators. In total, he had interviewed 2020 people from 60 different countries, all of whom were asked the same questions, filmed against a neutral, black background.
This resulted in a film that highlighted both inequalities and similarities between us and made the audience reflect on what it means to be human. Human appealed to the spectator’s empathy, being a portrait of humanity in general that underlined the importance of humanitarianism in particular.
Brutal and heart-warming
As the title suggests, the sequel portrays the female part of the world’s population, using the same form and approach. Therefore, it feels timely that Arthus-Bertrand isn’t the sole director this time, but shares the task with the female Ukrainian-born journalist and filmmaker Anastasia Mikova. The new film is based on interviews they did with 2000 women from a total of 50 countries.
Like the previous film, Woman is divided into different thematic sections, addressing different aspects of what it means to be a woman. Already from the opening sequence, where a woman tells about her experience of being a victim of human trafficking, it becomes clear that the film does not shy away from the violence and abuse the women of the world . . .
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