«We did it!»
When we started this project five years ago, we didn’t know if we would finish it one day. The challenges were so high and the difficulties were so big. In our previous documentaries, we secretly filmed the North Korean refugees across China, we shared the African migrants daily life in the Tenere desert during their trip to Europe. But, filming the Jarawa people was our biggest challenge ever. Traveling there is almost impossible...
The Jarawas are one of the last of the first humans living on earth. They left Africa to Asia 70,000 years ago. Up to now, they had managed to shelter themselves from the madness of our world. Today, they are no more than 400 people still living in the Andaman islands of India. Because of corruption and racism, they are victims of poachers and tourists. The Indian government is responsible for their safety but they are not protected. It’s forbidden to access the Jarawa’s territory but the local authorities have set up a «safari tour» inside their land. Everyday, hundreds of poachers and tourists enter their forest with the help of the Indian army. We met the Jarawa people to give them a voice. We are one of the few western people who have met the Jarawa people and the only filmmakers who have spoked to them and recorded their unique testimony.
Meeting the Jarawa people, sharing their daily life and experiencing their real freedom was also a life changing experience for me and Claire. We had a glimpse of the original bliss of humankind. We worked hard to share it with you by making our documentary film. The film open on a beautiful scene. At the beach, the Jarawas have gathered to enjoy the sunset. The air is full of their songs and theirs laughs. That day, Utchu, a little Jarawa boy, made his first steps. As Utchu grows up, we discover the daily life of a few families who live in the heart of the Andaman islands. It’s a never ending day in a pristine paradise, an Eden untouched by our world. But, for how long?
Claire Beilvert, producer, Alexandre Dereims, director
«80 years after F.W. Murnau filmed «Tabu» in the Pacific Islands, Alexandre Dereims filmed in the last pristine and native world, in the Andaman Islands.»
We are Humanity is an emotionally driven auteur feature documentary which travels back to the roots of mankind, an exclusive dive into the pristine world of the Jarawa people, the last of the first humans who have lived in complete isolation for 40,000 years on a remote island off the Indian coast. Up to now, they had managed to shelter themselves from the madness of our world. Today, their lives are threatened. There are only 400 people left.
2017, year of the Jarawas
Meeting the Jarawa people was the most life-changing experience I ever had. I crossed through the looking glass. I travelled back in time, to the roots of mankind. The Jarawas still have kept what we have forgotten. Their world is made of peace and happiness, solidarity and love, equality and freedom. They sing all the time. They take care of each others. They never argue. Their life is an endless day in a paradise. While filming, we never knew what was happening next. Every moment was precious and magic. Their joy of life, their magic, enlighten the film. You will be enlightened.
We are Humanity will be released this year. We have started a crowdfunding campaign to fund the distribution of the film. From now on, we are going to set up screenings worldwide for the industry, the press, our followers and our audience.
Visit our website: www.wearehumanitymovie.com
«More than 55,000 people have already signed the petition to keep the Jarawa people safe from poachers and tourists»
We met with the Jarawa people and gave them a voice. We filmed their life without seeking to transform it, without staging, and respected them as they are. We are only the messengers. We are not their spokespersons, nor their ambassadors. We shared their lives, learned their names, spoke with them, gathered their testimonies.
We wish to enable them to preserve their way of life, their happiness, their freedom. But we know very well that to do this, we must trigger a massive global movement to support them. Of course, we know that our film will enable you to get to know them and, we hope, love them as we do.
A year ago, we have started an outreach campaign called «Organic The Jarawa» to keep the Jarawa people safe from tourists and poachers.
Sign here: www.organicthejarawa.com
«Everybody love Utchu!»