The Human Experience

Saturday, June 18, 2011

The Human Experience is a captivating documentary that really makes you think about life. Two brothers, Jeffrey and Clifford Azize, decided to go forth and see what it's like being in other people's shoes. They did 3 experiments.

#1 They both experienced what it was like being homeless in New York City in the middle of one of the coldest winters. Not only did they sleep outdoors, they roamed around the streets, begged for money, visited a homeless shelter, and even talked to other homeless people about their perspectives on life. The people they chatted with mostly believed they are still alive for a certain reason and appreciate the fact they're still alive & surviving.

#2 Then they visited Peruvian orphans. These kids deal with illnesses, disabilities, and/or were abandoned by their parents. Despite all that, these children have such a positive outlook on life.

#3 After, they visited a village of isolated Ghanian lepers. The people there suffer from leprosy, which according to PubMed Health is: "Leprosy is an infectious disease that has been known since biblical times. It is characterized by disfiguring skin sores, nerve damage, and progressive debilitation." Even they have a positive outlook on life as well. I was able to interview one of the brothers, Jeffrey Azize, about the movie:

How long did it take you to film the entire documentary? It took 1 year.

What was the exact reason why you decided to do it? How did you come up with the idea? Grassroots Films came up with the idea to follow me on these experiences. I always wanted to be a part of something that could help to change the world in an original way -- something big. I knew if I were to stick with Grassroots Films, that I would be able to accomplish this.

You went and experienced 3 different lifestyles, if you were able to do any more, what would you decide to do and go out and experience? I would have loved to go to Asia. It would be incredible to visit with the Tibetan monks and then maybe even spend some time in India as well.

Was there any moment during any of those times you were filming that you second guessed yourself and felt like backing out? Never. I had the support of the film crew (AKA, my family!)

When you both decided to see what it's like being homeless in NY, it was one of the coldest weeks of winter. Do you wish you could have done it during the warmer season? Was it planned? No, it was kind of a spontaneous moment, going into action. The cold was a great factor in our experience, making it more difficult than it would have been any other season. It gave us a greater understanding of the situation that other homeless were going through. Were any of the other segments planned or was it more going with the flow? We planned on going to Peru with Surf For The Cause at the last minute. It was more so "going with the flow" than anything. Though we made some last-minute plans to go to the various locations, we had no idea what was ahead of us!

Do you think it would have been different if each of you were alone rather than together? Would you be able to handle it without the support system you had for each other? Though I could have handled it, it would have been a lot more difficult doing it alone. But to share and go through the experience with those close to me allowed me to go into a deeper understanding of the situations I was in.

Which of the 3 impacted your life the most? Each experience had a deep and profound impact on my life in many ways. Each had their gems. I couldn't pick just one.

Is there anything that you do differently now in your own lives? As for differences in my life after the film's journeys, I am more aware of the poverty that goes unseen throughout the world, and the need to continue addressing it. The relationship between my father and I is also different -- definitely better than ever before.

What are you up to now? What are your current career paths? Still looking to help change the world in new ways. I've had the amazing opportunity to travel all over the world with The Human Experience and meet with people inspired in their own way by the film. It's been really incredible.

Do you plan on coming out with another documentary film anytime soon? I am currently working on Grassroots Films' new project -- but hey, that's top secret!

According to the movie's description, the film really proved this statement: "
By spotlighting heartwarming stories from around the world, this uplifting documentary shows viewers that every single person, no matter his or her lot in life, is beautiful."

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dimi said...

Interesting! Congrats for that :)

cathy. said...

Wow that is so incredible and inspiring, thanks for sharing that :)


Safe in the Steep Cliffs said...

oh my gosh... this was an amazing story. i love how they're so strong despite all the things that they've been through. and i love how they came up with this documentary.

did you tear when he met his dad?! i almost did...


Magdalena said...

Very nice! Thanks for sharing!

Happy Saturday, sweetie!! xoxoxo

Unknown said...

Thanks for sharing this. I will be watching this one when I have a chance. :)

Winnie said...

Really great little interview! Really inspiring too.

Couture Carrie said...

Fabulous interview, darling!
Sounds like a very worthwhile documentary!


Jewellery Bijou said...

Hi,I have added you to my blogs as well!xxx

Sweet said...

Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful documentary..I should look out and see if I can download this...I believe this is going to be very meaningful for everyone!!!1


Susie Heymer said...

This documentary looks fantastic! I love to learn more and read the interview! Thanks for sharing!
Have a lovely weekend!

Fashion Cappuccino said...

What an incredible story and he's so inspiring! I can't wait to see this documentary! Thank you for sharing the interview! He's very cute as well! xoxoxoo


Wow this looks fantastic! I hadn't heard about it. Would love to see the documentary.

Hope you're having a great weekend! xoxo

Grace said...

That sounds really good, actually! I'll definitely have to rent this sometime soon.

little luxury list said...

Wow, what a deep and moving experience to undergo and share!
I'd definitely love to see the movie.

Happy weekend dear!

Chic 'n Cheap Living

OneCraftyFox said...

So cool that you got to interview Mr. Hunky, lol! Sounds like a great film :)

Dilan Dilir said...

lovely post:D

Cafe Fashionista said...

What a fantastic interview! I definitely need to check this film out! :)

Sher said...

Wow, I think what they did is really applaudable! How lucky that you get to interview him:)


very married said...

what a great story. the human spirit can really be amazing.

Josie said...

This sounds AMAZING. I'm going to check it out for sure!
xo Josie

Krysten @ Why Girls Are Weird said...

Wow how interesting!

Oh to Be a Muse said...

wow, thank you so much for sharing this and doing the interview. it was great to hear about them and what inspired the movie.

FashionJazz said...

WhaT an inspiring story : ). Happy sunday babe x

Mordrian said...

Thats so amazing how you got to interview them! The documentry looks so interesting and thought provoking. Im deffinitly going to check this out :-) thanks!

mordrian xo

k said...

that sounds seriously fascinating..

Tara said...

cool interview, nice movie :)

Gracey Williams said...

That's so cool that you got to interview him! The documentary looks very cool also!

Michelle Lee said...

great interview :)

ballet news said...

wow - and good for you to interview them. Very cool post as ever!!!

modanista junkie said...

OMG this is incredible!! What a lovely opportunity!


monica said...

this is really inspiring

im going to try to see this film

BonBon Rose Girls Kristin said...

What an incredible film concept!

Unknown said...

What an amazing experience for them! It will be interesting to see their next project!

xo Mary Jo

Diego R. Wyatt said...

Awesome interview and what an incredible story! I am excited to see the project and what's next for them.



I really have to check that documentary out. It sounds amazing. :)SArahD

Chicago Chic said...

I actually teared up a bit reading about this, and I think it's so amazing that they did this. Poverty really is so ignored and it's so sad how forgotten so many people are for whatever reason. I'm excited to see the project.


Anonymous said...

WOW, that must be an amazing documentary! I have to watch it!

Camila Faria

Jennifer Fabulous said...

Awesome interview! I really want to see this documentary now. I have been hearing good things on a lot of blogs about it!

Bionica said...

wow it is so inspiring to see someone so young making an effort to change the world a little bit at a time
I give props to these boys for taking on these projects
where is the documentary available? I would like to watch it


Mel said...

the documentary was the best I've ever seen. I was so inspired as soon as I watched it. I literally felt goosebumps after watching The Human Experience. Amazing interview x

Mel'the documentary was the best I've ever seen. I was so inspired as soon as I watched it. I literally felt goosebumps after watching The Human Experience. Amazing interview x


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