About Human Postcards:
Everyone is a Story. 60 second stories that inspire us.
We explore the world making one-minute documentaries, collecting stories that inspire us.
Every person we meet, observe on the street, in a shop, behind a counter, have thoughts worth hearing, worlds worth seeing. We believe we have a lot to learn from them, maybe you too?
News and Reviews:
HUMAN POSTCARDS #1 – JEROME
FRANCE – Saint Etienne –
Jérôme has been working in Verney Carron gun factory for 14 years. He fires 30,000 bullets each year to test the quality of the guns he is responsible for. When he is not in the factory, he spends his time in the forest hunting and experiencing nature.
He shares with us a thought about life & death.
HUMAN POSTCARDS #2 – BRUCE
NEW ZEALAND – Franz Josef –
Bruce is a dairy farmer in Franz Josef, New Zealand. In the busiest parts of the year, he can work over 100 hours per week.
To unwind after a long season, Bruce and his friends “lay down a hangi”, a traditional Maori method of cooking food using heated rocks, buried in the ground.
He shares with us a lesson passed on from his father.
HUMAN POSTCARDS #3 – KIM
NEW ZEALAND – Franz Josef
Kim is a Kiwi ranger and manager of the West Coast Wildlife Centre. She plays a major role in helping grow the numbers of one of New Zealand’s most endangered birds. Kim shares with us an insight into her unique work hatching and nurturing baby Kiwi chicks.
HUMAN POSTCARDS #4 – JOHN
NEW ZEALAND – BRUCE BAY –
John worked in the forest industry for 42 years. Since retiring, John seeks new challenges in life. He is competing in the annual woodchopping competition at the South Westland A&P show alongside world champion axeman Adam Lowe and others half his age.
He inspires us to challenge ourselves and exceed our own expectations.
HUMAN POSTCARDS #5 – FATHER MIKE
NEW ZEALAND – Whataroa –
Father Mike is not a conventional small town priest, although we encountered him in a small town church.
He embraced his call to be a Marist father at the age of 17, but his life is one of many projects that have taken him from Mount Everest, to Brazil and Antarctica.
He tells us about his perception of life and choices.
HUMAN POSTCARDS #6 – EUNICE
Eunice and her sister Evelyne have been serving “Paradise Snow” to New Zealanders for 28 years. Their snow cones are so popular that some customers will wait in line for several hours at busy events. Eunice founded the business with her former partner in 1987.
She shares with us stories of her most memorable and loyal customers.
HUMAN POSTCARDS #7 – MATIAS
NEW ZEALAND – Whataroa –
Matias was born and raised in Argentina’s largest city, Buenos Aires. For the past 7 months he has worked as a Dairy Farmer in the small rural town of Whataroa. Before his life in New Zealand, Mathias spoke no English and had never touched a cow in his life. He shares with us his experience.
HUMAN POSTCARDS #8 – EMMA
NEW ZEALAND – Jackson Bay –
Emma works as a general shop assistant in Haast Beach. After a traumatic event in her past, she has found balance again and shares with us the most important lesson this event has taught her.
HUMAN POSTCARDS #9 – ARDOUIN…
NEW ZEALAND – Wanaka –
Ardouin lives two lives, one as a part of a team designing beautiful diamond engagement rings, and the other as a firefighter for the Wanaka Volunteer Fire Brigade. Career firefighters make up only 20 percent of the New Zealand Fire Service; the remaining 80 percent of firefighters are volunteers, who receive no payment for their time or labour.
She shares with us her passion for firefighting that confronts her with challenging situations, but also makes her feel part of a community she is new in.
HUMAN POSTCARDS #10 – MATHIAS
NEW ZEALAND – Queenstown –
Mathias is a busker in Queenstown. In 2009, after 7 years of studying business & management, he taught himself to play piano and began to pursue his dream of composing original music.
He shares with us his thought process that led him to find fulfilment as he became a father supporting his family from his passion.
HUMAN POSTCARDS #11 – BRYNEE
NEW ZEALAND – Wanaka –
Have you ever wondered who is inside the mascot suit? Who are they, and what do they dream about?
Behind this mask is a young mind filled with ambition. Who knows where humble beginnings can take us.
HUMAN POSTCARDS #12 – JAMIE
NEW ZEALAND – Franz Josef
Jamie has been a helicopter pilot since he was 25. He has just returned home after three months of working in Antarctica with the Italian Antarctic Program. Jamie shares with us his favourite memory of flying.
HUMAN POSTCARDS #13 – BORIS
NEW ZEALAND – Stewart Island
Boris works part time at a Fish & Chip shop on Stewart Island, perhaps the most southern Fish & Chip shop in the world.
He reminds us to not judge a book by its cover. We can all live many lives.
HUMAN POSTCARDS #14 – INAKI
NEW ZEALAND – Christchurch
Inaki is a boy from New Zealand. We spent a day with him, probing his 8-year old mind with questions about philosophy, life, the future and Legos.
We asked Inaki the question “What’s the most beautiful thing that happened in your life?” Here is his answer in one minute.
HUMAN POSTCARDS #15 – BLAIR
NEW ZEALAND – The Catlins –
Along a winding road on The Catlins Coast, we discovered Blair’s incredible world, a gallery of wonders and strange automata he has created out of natural or recycled materials.
Just like his creations, Blair reminds us to listen to the child within us.
HUMAN POSTCARDS #16 – BEVERLEY
NEW ZEALAND – The Catlins
Beverley is an artist, although she might not admit it herself. She lives on a farm in The Catlins where she creates pictures with coloured wool, shorn from her own sheep.
Beverley reminds us how it feels to loose track of time doing something that you love.
HUMAN POSTCARDS #18 – GEORGE
NEW ZEALAND – Mangaweka –
George is 10 and lives in a small town in New Zealand. In his spare time, he designs “Cool Stuff for Boys” made from recycled materials, which he sells online to customers around the world.
George shares how he believes his designs are helping to make a better world. (PS: He screen prints himself!)
HUMAN POSTCARDS #19 – SHANE
NEW ZEALAND – Russell –
After a successful career in the corporate world, Shane left it behind to pursue a more meaningful life with his family.
Trained in the best leadership workshops, hear what this unusual school bus driver has to say about the children he drives to school.
HUMAN POSTCARDS #20 – VICKY
NEW ZEALAND – Stewart Island –
Vicky runs the infamous pub quiz on Stewart Island. She is the life of Sunday nights, bringing together locals and tourists in this tiny community of 400 people, which attracts over 36,000 tourists per year
Vicky’s quiz night is one of the attractions, and whether you are Prince Harry (who participated this year) or Joe from down the street, you’re going to have a good time.
HUMAN POSTCARDS #21 – PAUL
NEW ZEALAND – Jackson Bay –
Paul, the captain of a fishing boat, tells us about the adventurous life of a fisherman.
His 25 years in the industry, 16 of which were at sea remind us of the world described in Melvilles’s novel, Moby Dick.
Yet, this is just the normal life of a captain at sea in the 21st century.
HUMAN POSTCARDS #25 – TANA
NEW ZEALAND – Hastings –
Tana is a self taught Māori wood carver. As a little boy he admired his ancestors pictures hanging in the living room. He would stare at their tattooed faces (Tā moko) for hours and dream to one day have the same.
Despite his families disapproval he tattooed his face at a very young age. He shares with us a story of his pursuit of identity, and the lesson he learned from this rebellious act.
HUMAN POSTCARDS #26 – BEN
WARNING: CONTAINS GRAPHIC IMAGES. Viewer discretion is advised.
Meet Ben, a young hunter from New Zealand. His father taught him how to hunt as a boy, and now he uses these skills to feed his friends and family.
Ben’s relation to hunting is very innocent, its part of his culture and part of who he is. We found similar attitudes all over New Zealand, where hunting played an important role in the survival of early settlers, in wild and often isolated environments.
HUMAN POSTCARDS #27 – CASEY – Kapa Haka
Casey teaches Kapa Haka* in a Maori arts school. She grew up with a strong connection to her cultural roots, learning hundreds of songs from her family members, passed down through generations.
*Kapa haka is an avenue for Maori people to express and showcase their cultural heritage.
HUMAN POSTCARDS #28 – ALEC – Guardian of Trees
Alec is a retired engineer who likes to think he escaped the “rat-race” of the city life. He found his haven buying a piece of land on which he grows all type of tropical fruit trees.
He dedicates his time now to protecting the native trees around him and his orchard from dangers such as possums, who damage the native trees and wildlife and spread bovine tuberculosis.
We followed him one evening on his daily possum hunt.
HUMAN POSTCARDS #29 – MEREKINGI – Māori Teen
Do you live in the moment?
Take 60-seconds to meet Merekingi, a Māori teenager living in New Zealand. She reflects on the little things we stress about everyday and whether or not they matter in our futures. In the background she performs the Māori performance art “Poi”* on the front steps of the Marae (meeting house) of her ancestors.
*In Māori culture, poi performance is usually practiced by women. Some legends indicate that it was first used by men to develop wrist flexibility for the use of hand weapons.
(#30) WOLFGANG – Clockmaker
Take 60 seconds to meet Wolfgang, an Austrian clockmaker. With passion and patience he has brought an old clock-museum back to life, one clock at a time. Now the museum resonates with the happy ticking of over 1600 clocks.
(#31) JOHN GEORGE – Maori Carver
John-George is a Maori carver. He plays a key role in a culture that is built around the memories and stories of ancestors. Maori never developed an alphabet until European settlers arrived in New Zealand, but their carvings represent a highly developed style of reading and writing.
Watch as he compares Maori and Western culture and describes the importance of Maori carving in his tradition.
(#33) CLARA – House Maid
Take 60 seconds to meet Clara, a house maid working in Singapore.
Clara is one of thousands of migrants from the Philippines who have relocated to Singapore, to provide a better life for their families back home. The money she earns gives her two daughters access to education and a better life.
She experienced some horrific situations before finding the loving family she is part of now. Despite this, she views her life as a sacrifice in the name of her daughters. She dreams of the day she will have enough money to finish the house she is building with her husband, and go back to the Philippines to open a small restaurant.
Director – Nora Jaccaud
Producer – Nora Jaccaud