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Being Human Is

"Being Human Is..." tells the stories of individuals united in their desire to dream bigger – and in their ability to go out and make those dreams come true.

This series focuses on the possibilities these incredible people saw when they decided that nothing could hold them back. And in their quest to build a better future, Android technology played a pivotal role in understanding the world around them and sharing it with others.

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Growing up in the small town of Kudenda, Nigeria, Raymond Yusuff and his siblings and cousins dreamed of making sci-fi movies like the ones they saw on TV. When his dad got a new Android phone with a hi-res camera, 12 year old Raymond knew it was time to get to work. Over the past five years, their nine-member filmmaking collective, The Critics Company, have taken the internet by storm, premiering dozens of short films made on their smartphones through a uniquely DIY process, garnering millions of views along the way.

Directors: Nico Carbonaro, Tuesday McGowan

Editor: James Boger

Animation: WTBR

Illustration: Leonard Dupond

Audio Director: JR Narrows

Composers: JR Narrows with Campos de Luz

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Being Human Is Episode 1 - On Silent Ice

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Goalie. That was the only position Anthony Rumolo got to play as a hockey-obsessed kid growing up Deaf in Canada – because it involved the least amount of communication with other players. But as his ability to understand and be understood evolved, so too did his ambition to create a world where other hockey players experiencing hearing loss could thrive without limitations.

But as his ability to understand and be understood evolved, so too did his ambition to create a world where other hockey players experiencing hearing loss could thrive without limitations.

Directors: Nico Carbonaro, Tuesday McGowan

Editor: James Boger

Animation & Illustration: Oddfellows

Audio Director: JR Narrows

Composer: JR Narrows

Sound Design: JR Narrows

Audio Mix: Machine

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Being Human Is Episode 2 - Na Cor

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Mariluce Maria Souza knew that the tourists visiting her lifelong home of Complexo do Alemao – Rio’s largest favela – weren’t seeing the same city that she did. So, she set out to show them. Painting depictions of the vibrant life experienced throughout the favela, Mariluce began teaching children to do the same, infusing their paintings with a sense of what home means to them. And it worked. Hundreds of tourists have bought paintings, showing the children the value of their contributions as their artworks travels across the world.

Directors: Nico Carbonaro, Tuesday McGowan

Editor: Bruno Tore, James Boger

Animation: Giant Ant

Illustration: Tracy Lee

Composer: Rodrigo Coelho

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Being Human Is Episode 3 - Ramblin Man

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Josh Pearson discovered the blues as a kid, started writing songs as a teenager, but needed to find a way to bring his music to the people. He swore he would never let his blindness hold him back, and ever since his first open mic performance, he’s found a way to write songs, release records, and perform them at bars, clubs, and on street corners all across the USA.

Directors: Nico Carbonaro, Tuesday McGowan

Editors: Mahoko Kumakasu, James Boger

Animation: Meister

Illustration: Keith Negley

Audio Director: JR Narrows

Composer: JR Narrows

Sound Design: JR Narrows

Audio Mix: Machine

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Being Human Is Episode 5 - Chez Elyse

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As a child, Elyse Bezuidenhout was introduced to the magic world of cooking in her grandmother’s kitchen. But when she lost most of her eyesight at age 24, her career as a chef came to a halt: or so she thought. After a five year journey to regain her sense of self, she found her way back into a restaurant kitchen, mastering a new level of her craft than she could have ever imagined possible before.

Directors: Nico Carbonaro, Tuesday McGowan

Editors: Mahoko Kumakasu, James Boger

Animation: Oddfellows

Illustration: Emiliano Ponzi

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