Back in December, The Ossining Documentary & Discussion Series gathered at the Budarz Theater at the Ossining Public Library for this month’s screening of The Human Experience.
Simply – The Human Experience is a documentary that follows the story of Jeffrey Azize and his journey as he searches for answers to the question, "What does it mean to be human?”
Divided into three experiences, we follow Azize and his brother as they 1) live out on the streets of New York City among the homeless, 2) travel with Surf for a Cause to Peru and visit a hospital for abandoned children, happy despite their illnesses, and 3) venture with friends to rural Ghana, where they met families and victims of AIDS on their way to visit a leper colony, befriending disfigured lepers exiled from their villages along the way.
The film circles back and concludes in a beautiful way that I won’t ruin for you! But I’d recommend having some tissue nearby.
What they all ultimately discover are messages that resonate with all demographics, from gender to age to ethnicity to mobility – The overwhelming takeaway I gathered was a sense of community that we as humans desire, build, move through, grow from and develop into.
This was certainly my favorite screening thus far – perhaps because it ultimately encompasses every film that we show. The discussion after the screening showed just how touched everyone had been after the film as well.
~Cheers to Community~
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