In 2015, the Calgary Centre for Global Community, a Canadian registered charity based in Calgary, Alberta, identified the ability to expand its audience and its impact, by introducing a new division, Humainologie, which was to become a multi-media production house.
Humainologie uses art, including film, to spread empathy, increase inclusion, and reduce discrimination. We focus on promoting empathy to create more inclusive people and communities; creating self-awareness to address barriers to human connection; and sharing the stories and experiences of marginalized or misrepresented people in order to build understanding and reduce discrimination.
Humainologie has produced over 25 short films since 2015 and has received over 20 film festival selections and nine awards globally. In 2017, Humainologie produced seven short films for the Canadian Museum for Human Rights that comprised the exhibit, “Our Canada, My Story”, a bilingual film journey that was exhibited by the national museum in Winnipeg for about six months.
Arising from the word “humain” in French, which means both human and humane, Humainologie recognizes that in order to extend empathy to others, we must also offer empathy to ourselves; and this includes recognizing our limits and imperfections as humans.
Humainologie believes that empathy can be learned; that inclusive communities require people become self-aware; and that sharing our individual stories and experiences helps us recognize our common humanity.