“Being Human Is” is the new Android animated docuseries, created by the American production company Where the Buffalo Roam and in collaboration with five world-renowned international illustrators: Oddfellows, Tracy J Lee, Keith Negley, Leonard Dupong and Emiliano Ponzi.
By telling the stories of people who have succeeded in their lives in making the impossible possible, “Being Human Is” brings their passions, feelings and victories to life. Through the animated storytelling of the five artists involved, each episode investigates how technology is a support that can simplify the most difficult everyday problems. Directed by Nico Carbonaro and Tuesday McGowan, the five animated episodes evoke the ideas and emotions of athletes, musicians, filmmakers, teachers and chefs.
E1: On Silent Ice
Portland-based creative agency Oddfellows brings to life the story of Anthony Rumolo, founder of the Canadian Hockey League for the Deaf. Using the Live Transcribe feature, the protagonist of this story is able to have easier conversations and simplify the obstacles in his life.
“As a deaf athlete, there will be obstacles.”
E2: Na Cor
San Francisco-based illustrator Tracy J Lee shapes the story of Mariluce Mariá Souza, a Brazilian artist who teaches the children of her community to pursue their studies and discover the world.
“It’s as if my phone were a bridge between the favela and the world.”
E3: Ramblin’ Man
Keith Negley from Washington illustrates the story of Joshua Pearson, a blind musician who, despite his handicap, continues to write and perform his songs.
E4: The Magic Makers
From France Leonard Dupon tells how The Critics Company, a group of young Nigerian filmmakers, manage to make a science fiction film with an Android phone.
E5: Chez Elyze
Finally, Emiliano Ponzi, a renowned Italian artist, brings to life the story of Elyse Beziudenhous, a visually impaired cook who, with the help of Android magnification, manages to prepare her dishes to perfection.
Words by Federica Cimorelli