I had the documentary film “The Human Experience” on my list of movies to watch for a long time. This past weekend, I finally had the chance to sit down and watch it, and I am so glad that I did. What an inspirational movie!
The movie was produced by Grassroots Films, a production company in Brooklyn, and highlights the journey of two brothers from Brooklyn who go on a journey to find out what it means to be human. The men live among the homeless in New York City; visit the “lost children” of Peru, people with HIV and AIDS in Ghana, and a leper colony in Africa. There were numerous points where I had to stop the film because the footage was so emotional. The focus on hope and resilience, however, was one that has remained with me.
Everyone suffers. We all have bad days or even weeks or months, or have to deal with hardships in our lives. At one point in the film, one of the workers among the children of Peru (some of the children there were maimed and left on the streets to die), talks about the joy of the children there even with all the suffering they have to endure. She says, “They want to live, so they don’t mind how painful it is.”
If you have a chance, I’d recommend checking the film out. Have you seen it already, or have you seen another movie that completely changed your point of view on life? Please share your thoughts!