ABC of Mankind

52min - A movie by Andrès Jarach

What is mankind? This is such a vast and surprising question, which is so constantly renewed… that there actually exists a museum-laboratory, the Musée de l’Homme, which endeavours to answer it.
For long time we have analysed, deciphered and tried to understand mankind, in the same way we have studied other species.

Can we change our methodology today? Because mankind’s uniqueness is evident throughout every part of his complexity.

Scientists and personalities from all horizons, who question the place man holds in the living world, participate in the resolution of one of the greatest mysteries that mankind has to deal with: himself.

Mankind… Man… Woman… How can we talk about this in a film?
Mankind is the only species to use words to describe his world. ABC of Mankind aims to uncover that world using words… and images.

A film that follows the alphabet, in which those who imagined the new Musée de l’Homme enlighten us as to mankind’s specificities, each one using just one word as a starting point.
Contrasting “material” is brought together to tell the story of each key word. Archives from all eras and images from all over the world, excerpts of fiction films and drawings mingle with the researchers’ words …
An entertaining documentary. An educational documentary but not where we expect it. ABC of Mankind surprises in order to arouse curiosity. I knew it before but couldn’t have said it using the ABC! The challenge is to describe the singularity of Mankind using a plethora of information and content, without forgetting a pinch of humour.

Andrès Jarach

For the reopening of the Musée de l’Homme, 26 shorts for the temporary exhibition and social networks and one 52-minute film have been produced.


  • Les Films d'Ici 2
  • Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle
  • with the participation of France Télévision


  • France 5
  • Musée de l'Homme

With the support of

  • du CNC