The Human Experience (2008)
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This film took me, and the rest of my family on a journey without ever leaving our home. It touched on so many things, that I never really thought about (i.e. relationships, adventures, family and life in general).
I loved Experience-2 with the children in South-America the best, (Side Note: Does anyone know how I can contact Dr. Tony and the children?) not to mention Experience-1 with the homeless in New York City and the 2 brothers.
While the film was playing, I looked around the living room and saw my grandparents, nieces, nephews, siblings and parents glued to their seats. Not an easy task to do with the Devoe family. Noticing that, pretty much confirmed that this film is unlike any other film.
After the laughing, crying (lots and lots of crying, some sad but mostly good cries) and a box a tissues, the film was over. However what struck me the most, and what motivated me to write this review was what happened after the film. I noticed for the first time ever, our family stayed together and talked about it, and the experiences Jeff :D and his brother Cliff went through, what that might have felt like. The conversation then went to some family/life stories that I won't bore you with, but to us, it was one of those moments where each and everyone realized, that we were a family, and that meant the world to us.
So again, thank you, thank you, thank you.
I can highly recommend this film. It is refreshing seeing movies that inspire and uplift, giving hope to viewers. As well as the messages of hope, the movie cleanly demonstrates how quickly we can judge people and their circumstances based on what they look like, the circumstances, etc. It reminds us that we are all part of one universal family ... the human family.
Watch this with teenage aged children and older, it will provide grounds for great conversations. I do not recommend this movie to be viewed by young children, as some screens and concepts can be distressing them. A young child (around 6 years old) at tonight's screening was in tears.
I'd actually like to see such a film done again. Only the next time, I'd like to see it done "Candid Camera" style where the interviewees are unaware they're in the spotlight - and where the interviewers appear to be persons in the same situation. I think the reactions of those interviewed would be different and far more honest.
So what's so shocking?
This true story is about a young man and his brother who visit several places of profound suffering. They spend a week living among the homeless on the streets of New York City. They visit a Peruvian home for abandoned and severely crippled children. Finally, they travel to an Africa, interviewing people dying of AIDS and people exiled to a leper colony. On the surface, the film sounds depressing and could leave you confused with all the suffering in our world.
To the contrary and true to the title... The Human Experience... is experiential and touches the heart to bring about a human response. When we connect with others and understand their experience we learn what it means to be human.
You'll enjoy vivid cinematography, penetrating commentaries, and varied views that appeal to all walks of life. The experience will leave you feeling inspired, hopeful, and even more human!
Kudos to director, Charles Kinnane, and stars, Jeffrey Azize, Clifford Azize, and Michael Campo!
3rd Dog Script aka Betsy Banfield-Malone
The movie takes you through different facets of life that people normally do not look at or even consider.
We have become so self absorbed that we stop living with purpose. This movie will spark hope and inspiration in you. The heart felt compassion I felt after watching left me with a lot of wet tissues and a wide-open heart.
Be sure to share it with a friend.
As far as I can tell the movie's theme is: We should have a purpose in life and everybody has something good about them. I don't need to hear an endless parade of platitudes and clichés to get the point. As far as I can tell, there is nothing to learn in this film other than bad things happen to "innocent" people.
I could also do without the violin music.
On the other hand, I enjoyed the photography.
If you are the kind of person who enjoys "inspiring" films that don't make you think, then this one is for you.
It was alluded to that the cast didn't necessarily have an easy life by Western standards, but had this film followed the cast of Jersey Shore around the world, I don't think it would be as popular and I don't see how it is that far off. I enjoyed several of the commentators throughout the film and would like to have heard more from them, unfortunately they were spliced together with the unintelligible mumblings of the main characters.
The scenes in Peru were touching but added nothing to what I consider to be my "human experience".
The AIDS scenes just didn't do it for me. If you want to show the real impact of AIDS, come to sub-Saharan Africa and live with orphan families where children as young as ten years old are acting as the head of the family and as the breadwinner. Show someone with AIDS - in an African setting.
The finale with the meeting with the reluctant father was totally unconvincing and a bit embarrassing. The father's body language said it all - he was only there for the camera and to 'please' his abandoned son.
I far prefer the older "Mundo Carne" reflection on life.