THE HUMANUM SERIES : EPISODE 1
In 2014, we were commissioned by the Vatican to produce a series of documentary films on the complementarity of Man and Woman for a historic gathering of religious and cultural leaders from around the world, hosted by Pope Francis. THE HUMANUM SERIES was met with universal acclaim, blending human experiences, social sciences, art, animation, religion and philosophy into a short-form documentary format. The Series is set for worldwide digital distribution in 2016.
HUMANUM : World Meeting of Families, Keynote Film
HUMANUM : Laudato Sí - Papal Encyclical Trailer
LAUDATO SÍ, Pope Francis' second encyclical, is a beautiful meditation on humanity's interdependence between neighbor, family, the natural world, and the Divine. HUMANUM commissioned us to produce a trailer for the encyclical that would be evocative of themes of "human ecology"- this idea that the book of nature is one and indivisible, encompassing natural and social environments.
HUMANUM : Earth & Sky: Many Voices, One Promise
EARTH & SKY is a meditation on Man and Woman featuring footage of real couples from around the world. The narration features sacred texts and poetry from the world's religious traditions including the Torah, The Hindu Rite of the Seven Steps, the Koran, a Greek Orthodox Christian Wedding Liturgy, the New Testament as well as Buddhist and Jewish love poetry.
All of the world's religious traditions understand Man and Woman as an expression of the complementarities present in all of creation. This wondrous way of seeing that our humanity
"fits" in with the cosmos, is often forgotten in the West. This spirit of wonder and wisdom was the essence of the original Humanum Colloquim.
The title "Earth & Sky" is a reference to the Hindu Rite of Seven Steps in which the husband says to his beloved, "I am the sky and you are the earth. Our love and friendship have become inseparable and firm. We have experienced spiritual union in God. Now you have become completely mine. I offer my total self to you. May our marriage last forever."