I Am Human

Elena Gaby, Taryn Southern, USA 2019, 106’
Polish premiere
Changing the Game I Want My MTV (aka Biography: I Want My MTV)

What does it really mean to be human? This documentary presents cases that make us rethink our definition of humanity. Anne is struggling with Parkinson’s disease; Stephen is blind; Bill is paralyzed. To overcome their severe limitations, every one of them undergoes a complicated, state-of-the-art procedure that connects their brain to a computer. This turns them into cyborgs, hybrids of living organisms and machines, creatures straight from science fiction. The story of the transformation of the three protagonists is the starting point for reflections on the future evolution of the human species, in which computers will play an increasingly important role. Although the film mentions potential threats, its overall take is optimistic. The film’s form—aesthetically pleasing images of futuristic equipment, buildings, and interiors, and electronic music with an undercurrent of muted excitement—only strengthens this.

Piotr Mirski

Elena Gaby

Elena Gaby is a director of Brazilian–American descent and a graduate of Vassar College. Her short film Paper State: Undocumented, Unafraid, Undeterred won an award for best student documentary at the Cannes Festival. I Am Human is her feature debut. She is also a producer, and her production credits include Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken!


2013 Paper State: Undocumented, Unafraid, Undeterred (doc., short)

2019 Jestem człowiekiem / I Am Human (doc., co-dir.)

Taryn Southern

Taryn Southern is a director, screenwriter, producer, singer, actress, and presenter, as well as a fan of new technologies. She composed a pop album with the help of artificial intelligence. She has created a virtual TV series. Her videos have been viewed over 500 million times online. I Am Human is her directorial feature debut.


2014 Bitches Be Crazy (short)

2014 Awkward Family Holiday Dinner (short)

2015 5 People Never to Sit Next to on a Plane (short)

2019 Jestem człowiekiem / I Am Human (doc., co-dir.)

Cast & Crew

director Elena Gaby, Taryn Southern
screenplay Elena Gaby, Taryn Southern
cinematography Joel Froome, archival footage
editing Cody Rogowski, Wyatt Rogowski, Pierre Takal
music Pierre Takal
producer Taryn Southern
production Futurism Studios
sales Film Sales Company
language English
coloration colour
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