Being Human Now, Part 1

  • Film

Last October we asked a cross-section of our collaborators and community: What does it mean to be human, now? In this short film, 11 contributors respond to the question, sharing their personal experiences of life and work during the pandemic, and recalling their profound experiences of the first full lockdown.

In our first film, each contributor gives their initial response to the question: What does it mean to be human, now? In Part 2, they elaborate on their personal experiences of living and working during the pandemic.

Please note that these films include references to racism, ableism and death from Covid-19.

An audio described version of this video is available on YouTube


Caroline Newton, Teenage cancer nurse specialist

Daze Aghaji, Climate justice activist

Dolly Sen, Artist & mental health activist

Jamie Hale, Writer, poet & performer

Jess Thom, Co-founder of Touretteshero

Michael Banissy, Professor of psychology

Mike Theobald, Long-term visitor

Reena Merali, Assistant headteacher

Rianna Walcott, Researcher, writer & activist

Stephen Griffiths, Copenhagen Youth Project lead

the vacuum cleaner, Artist & activist


Producer-Director: Stuart Shahid Bamforth

Director of Photography: Ed Andrews

Sound Recordist: Potion Soundworks

Editor: Hanna Adcock

Colour grade: Ed Andrews

Interviewer: Almaz Ohene