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Human Flow (2017)

PG-13 | | Documentary | 20 October 2017 (USA)
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Human Flow is director and artist Ai Weiwei's detailed and heartbreaking exploration into the global refugee crisis.

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Weiwei Ai (as Ai Weiwei)
6 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »

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Credited cast:
Israa Abboud Israa Abboud ... Herself
Hiba Abed Hiba Abed ... Herself
Rami Abu Sondos Rami Abu Sondos ... Himself
Weiwei Ai ... Himself (as Ai Weiwei)
Fadi Abou Akleh Fadi Abou Akleh ... Himself
Yamama Al-Awaad Yamama Al-Awaad ... Herself
Asmaa Al-Bahiyya Asmaa Al-Bahiyya ... Herself
Eman Al-Masina Eman Al-Masina ... Herself
Maya Ameratunga Maya Ameratunga ... Herself
Amir Amir ... Himself
Hanan Ashrawi Hanan Ashrawi ... Interviewee
Orlando Avis Orlando Avis ... Himself
Peter Bouckaert Peter Bouckaert ... Himself
Sukriye Cetin Sukriye Cetin ... Himself
Tanya Chapuisat Tanya Chapuisat ... Herself
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Over 65 million people around the world have been forced from their homes to escape famine, climate change and war in the greatest human displacement since World War II. Human Flow, an epic film journey led by the internationally renowned artist Ai Weiwei, gives a powerful visual expression to this massive human migration. The documentary elucidates both the staggering scale of the refugee crisis and its profoundly personal human impact. Captured over the course of an eventful year in 23 countries, the film follows a chain of urgent human stories that stretches across the globe in countries including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, France, Greece, Germany, Iraq, Israel, Italy, Kenya, Mexico, and Turkey. Human Flow is a witness to its subjects and their desperate search for safety, shelter and justice: from teeming refugee camps to perilous ocean crossings to barbed-wire borders; from dislocation and disillusionment to courage, endurance and adaptation; from the haunting lure of lives left ...

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"There is no refugee crisis, only a human crisis." - Ai Weiwei See more »

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Documentary

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Rated PG-13 for thematic material including a disturbing image | See all certifications »

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Germany | USA | China | Palestine

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 October 2017 (USA) See more »

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Marea humana See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$45,677, 15 October 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$527,845, 21 December 2017
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1.85 : 1
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It was screened in the main competition section of the 74th Venice International Film Festival. See more »

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29 October 2017 | by narvnammSee all my reviews

I saw this today after having heard Ai Weiwei speak a few weeks ago at the Cooper Union about this film and his NYC project of fence sculptures around the city.

The film documents the plight of global displacement of humans due to unprecedented civil strife and climate disaster - displacing more people than WW2.

It was a bit long but, in fact, that was probably a strategy to mirror the enormity of the problem.

Not moralising, more show than tell, I respect this method of documentary making.

Thank you.


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