Project Details

Lots of photos of people's faces from across the world

7 billion Others

Gathering a rich portrait of humanity from across the world.

By Goodplanet Foundation

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Project Twitter: @7_billionothers

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  • Community Engagement
  • Social Exclusion
  • Audiovisual

Movements for social change are triggered by new ways of seeing the world. In the 1970s photographs of the earth taken from space helped to make people aware of our shared environmental destiny. The 7 billion Others project aims to provide a single place in which to gather a richly textured portrait of the underlying commonality of humanity.

More than 6,000 interviews, subtitled in English, have been filmed in 84 countries by a team of film directors, asking people the same set of 45 questions about their hopes and fears, memories and aspirations, taking them from what they have learned from their parents, to how they treat their children.

The interviews, made available on the 7 billion Others website, provide a glimpse into the inner lives of people in far, distant places; from Pen, the Cambodian fisher woman who survived the Khmer Rouge and now earns $5 on a good day, talking about how women like her feel they are equal to men — to Romina, an Argentinean actress, recalling her fondest childhood memory of being woken each Saturday by her grandmother with a milky cup of coffee.

Through the hundreds of interviews common themes emerge: the importance of love and family, equality and freedom, dignity and respect for other people. The 7 billion Others project could not have been possible without the web as a low-cost tool to collect and disseminate the videos. It breaks down barriers of religion, race and geography to show we are not perhaps as different as we think we are.

Image courtesy of 7 billion Others

Last updated: 09th of May, 2014

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