Released in autumn, 2015, Human beautifully captures stories and images about what it means to be human. The filmmaker, Yann Arthus-Bertrand, shares his fears about our future and the inequalities between us, but he finds such beauty and hope in seeking his answers. More clips are available on their YouTube channel, but here is one of my very favorites:

Ceremony – By Leslie Marmon Silko

I will tell you something about stories,’
[he said]
They aren’t just entertainment.
Don’t be fooled.
They’re all we have, you see.
All we have to fight off illness and death.
You don’t have anything
if you don’t have the stories.
Their evil is mighty,
but it can’t stand up to our stories.
So they try to destroy the stories,
but the stories cannot be confused or forgotten.
They would like that.
They would be happy
because we would be defenseless then.
[He rubs his belly]
I keep it in here,
[he said]
Here, put your hand on it.
It is moving.

Ts’ its’ tsi’ nako, Thought-Woman,
is sitting in her room
and what ever she thinks about
She thought of her sisters,
Nau’ ts’ ity’ i and I’ tcs’ i,
and together they created the Universe
this world
and the four worlds below.
Thought-Woman, the spider,
named things and
as she named them
they appeared.
She is sitting in her room
thinking of a story now
I’m telling you the story
she is thinking.

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