What goes through a man’s head after sitting innocently on death row for twenty-three years and has been dubbed
a monster for over half his life? How does a woman cope with the idea of surviving a major catastrophe like a
miracle? Isn‘t it possible that the man with the tattooed face could be a kindergarten teacher?
In „People like us“ eighty people from all over the world narrate their biggest turning points in life. Captured
in a short story combined with a black and white portrait. From different races, cultures, lands all between the
ages of 20 – 100. Giving a few individuals and their uniqueness a voice, to be heard.
Not all turning points in life are traumatic … sometimes it’s when we find the courage to do something we have
always wanted to do, to follow our dreams despite the consequences. „I earn only half the money I once did, but
I wake up every morning with a smile on my face. Isn’t that successful enough?“ asks the street musician from
Ireland. And even when the stories reveal pain, there is always the light of hope shining through and new paths in
life are discovered.
Readers of „People like us“ are taken through a journey of a stranger’s life. Perhaps a trip through the
unknown, perhaps an eye awakening journey. This book inspires it’s readers not only by the profound and honest
testimonies but also by the emotional images of the people being interviewed. It's questioning the readers about
judging others by their appearance. Their looks, their clothes, their bodies, tattoos, scars etc. Questioning the all
too often stereotyping human beings do in their daily lives. It is necessary to put a spotlight on this matter, in a
world of discrimination, racism and judgments.
Many readers may recognize themselves in one or the other story – no one is alone, everyone has a story to tell.
The sooner people begin to listen to one another, the sooner they will realise how similar human beings really are
while being original. Living in different places being subject to different conditions, coming from Africa, America,
Europe or Asia, but in the end, human beings are all just people like you and me.