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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?

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2015

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  • EPISODE ONE

    HUMAN POSTCARDS #1 – JEROME from Human Postcards on Vimeo.

    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.

  • EPISODE TWO

    HUMAN POSTCARDS #2 – BRUCE from Human Postcards on Vimeo.

    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.

  • EPISODE THREE

    HUMAN POSTCARDS #3 – KIM from Human Postcards on Vimeo.

    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.

  • EPISODE FOUR

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    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.

  • EPISODE FIVE

    HUMAN POSTCARDS #5 – FATHER MIKE from Human Postcards on Vimeo.

    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.

  • EPISODE SIX

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    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.

  • EPISODE SEVEN

    HUMAN POSTCARDS #7 – MATIAS from Human Postcards on Vimeo.

    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.

  • EPISODE EIGHT

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    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.

  • EPISODE NINE

    HUMAN POSTCARDS #9 – ARDOUIN from Human Postcards on Vimeo.

    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.

  • EPISODE TEN

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    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.

  • EPISODE 11

    HUMAN POSTCARDS #11 – BRYNEE from Human Postcards on Vimeo.

    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.

  • EPISODE 12

    HUMAN POSTCARDS #12 – JAMIE from Human Postcards on Vimeo.

    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.

  • EPISODE 13

    HUMAN POSTCARDS #13 – BORIS from Human Postcards on Vimeo.

    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.

  • EPISODE 14

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    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.

  • EPISODE 15

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    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.

  • EPISODE 16

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    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.

  • EPISODE 17

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    HUMAN POSTCARDS #17 – JAMES

    NEW ZEALAND – Dunedin –
    James was destined for a career in construction, but at 20 years old, one event changed his life forever.
    He shares with us what this experience has taught him.

  • EPISODE 18

    HUMAN POSTCARDS #18 – GEORGE from HUMAN POSTCARDS on Vimeo.

    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!)

  • EPISODE 19

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    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.

  • EPISODE 20

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    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.

  • EPISODE 21

    HUMAN POSTCARDS #21 – PAUL from HUMAN POSTCARDS on Vimeo.

    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.

  • EPISODE 22

    HUMAN POSTCARDS #22 – PHYLLIS from HUMAN POSTCARDS on Vimeo.

    HUMAN POSTCARDS #22 – PHYLLIS

    NEW ZEALAND – Napier
    Phyllis works night-shifts in a hospital as a nurse aid.
    She tells us about the first time she saw death in the eyes.

  • EPISODE 23

    HUMAN POSTCARDS #23 – MAREE from HUMAN POSTCARDS on Vimeo.

    HUMAN POSTCARDS #23 – MAREE

    NEW ZEALAND – Mangaweka –
    In 2011, the city of Christchurch in New Zealand was hit by two major earthquakes. Maree explains how they continue to affect the whole of New Zealand, years after the event.

  • EPISODE 24

    HUMAN POSTCARDS #24 – RORY from HUMAN POSTCARDS on Vimeo.

    HUMAN POSTCARDS #24 – RORY

    NEW ZEALAND – Wellington –
    Rory used to have a precise life plan until he decided to walk for 6 months down the length of New Zealand.
    This experience changed his perception of the world forever.

  • EPISODE 25

    HUMAN POSTCARDS #25 – TANA from HUMAN POSTCARDS on Vimeo.

    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.

  • EPISODE 26

    (#26) BEN – Hunter from HUMAN POSTCARDS on Vimeo.

    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.

  • EPISODE 27

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    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.

  • EPISODE 28

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    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.

  • EPISODE 29

    (#29) MEREKINGI – Māori Teen from HUMAN POSTCARDS on Vimeo.

    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.

  • EPISODE 30

    (#30) WOLFGANG – Clockmaker from HUMAN POSTCARDS on Vimeo.

    (#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.

  • EPISODE 31

    (#31) JOHN GEORGE – Maori Carver from HUMAN POSTCARDS on Vimeo.

    (#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.

  • EPISODE 32

    (#32) JAKE – Driftologist from HUMAN POSTCARDS on Vimeo.

    (#32) JAKE – Driftologist

    Jake lost his legs and hand 6 years ago in a snow storm in Greenland. He overcame this obstacle and inspires any person going through a mental or physical hard time to make the first step towards life: TO TRY.

  • EPISODE 33

    (#33) CLARA – House Maid from HUMAN POSTCARDS on Vimeo.

    (#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.

Cast:
Credits:

Director – Nora Jaccaud
Producer – Nora Jaccaud

Genre:

Documentary

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