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Humans of New York docuseries commands attention in premiere episode

Time is relative or is it absolute. Whatever the argument may be to define time as a concept, human beings still struggle to keep up with it, in the attempt of making it matter with their allotted amount.

The first episode of Brandon Stanton’s hit blog turned 12-episode docuseries “Humans of New York,” aired earlier this week on Facebook’s Watch called “Everyday Matters.”

As the title suggests, the interviews featured in the episode focus on the concept of making each day count under the pressure of time ticking on.

Besides the gorgeous images of New York and the stunning and clever video work, the true beauty in the docuseries comes from listening to another’s words that commands attention until the end credits. Though each story may not be realities to those who are listening to them, “Humans of New York” still evokes the “relatability factor.”

“Everyday Matters” opens with a man discussing the intricate definitions between his meanings of sanity and insanity, revealing the heart of “Everyday Matters.”

“Insanity would be having a gift and saying “it’s not worth something” and then you find out the gift was worth something and you spend the rest of our life trying to get it back and you find out that the gift that was given to you was life,” he said.

Starting with light-hearted and fun stories like the two vibrant men who share that they put on dancing shows on the subways to stay out of trouble and the young joyful girls that created a “summer bucket list of 2015” that contains activities such as paying at a store with all pennies and having a three-movie night marathon, “Everyday Matters” progressively gains momentum to the more gut-wrenching interviews with an even mix of copious smile-generating moments.

One of the most compelling interviews and examples of brilliance in documentary-making out of the entire collection in “Everyday Matters” is the segment of a father who describes the devastating effects of his son’s health condition while he is fixing a car.

Though it is clear the man is a father, it is unclear, at first of what situation that his son is in. However, instead of choosing to include a description of his son’s state, Stanton wraps up the same emotion in just one word and how severe that time can play on this word.

“Everyday Matters” can be viewed here. The second episode, “I’m Here” is already available on Watch. Following episodes from “Humans of New York” will be released weekly.

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