On one day in June last year, a public experiment was conducted in Perth, Australia to find out how people would respond when they were invited to share eye contact with a stranger for a full minute.
What happens next is surprisingly poignant.
Although no words were spoken, many participants found themselves getting quite emotional. In the quiet moments they shared with the person sitting opposite, it was almost as though they came to a mutual understanding.
Watch the heartwarming experiment unfold below.
The video, which has since gone viral, was created by a social activist collective called The Liberators International. Founded by artist Peter Sharp, the organisation describe their mission as, “To involve people in participatory acts of freedom that allow us to see that beyond our differences there is love and humanity.”
Holding someone’s gaze can reveal intimate details about emotions and intentions. It’s hardly surprising then that many find eye contact to be more powerful than words.
It’s a formula that SBS is putting to the test in a unique new upcoming documentary series that explores the power of eye contact.
…And we want YOU to participate.
Is there a painful rift between you and a family member?
Have you grown distant from a friend you used to care about?
Has a close relationship ended and you don’t know how to move on?
SBS are looking for people who genuinely want to reconcile after years apart to participate in a compelling new TV documentary series.
Look Me in the Eye is produced by Endemol Shine for SBS.