Human Flow is director and artist Ai Weiwei's detailed and heartbreaking exploration into the global refugee crisis.


Weiwei Ai (as Ai Weiwei)
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Credited cast:
Israa Abboud Israa Abboud ... Self
Hiba Abed Hiba Abed ... Self
Rami Abu Sondos Rami Abu Sondos ... Self
Weiwei Ai ... Self (as Ai Weiwei)
Fadi Abou Akleh Fadi Abou Akleh ... Self
Yamama Al-Awaad Yamama Al-Awaad ... Self
Asmaa Al-Bahiyya Asmaa Al-Bahiyya ... Self
Eman Al-Masina Eman Al-Masina ... Self
Maya Ameratunga Maya Ameratunga ... Self
Amir Amir ... Self
Hanan Ashrawi Hanan Ashrawi ... Interviewee
Orlando Avis Orlando Avis ... Self
Peter Bouckaert Peter Bouckaert ... Self
Sukriye Cetin Sukriye Cetin ... Self
Tanya Chapuisat Tanya Chapuisat ... Self


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

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Enlightening but not about world
22 November 2019 | by katymiltonsmashSee all my reviews

Eye opening about mass migration populations but it was limited to Africa.

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Release Date:

20 October 2017 (USA) See more »

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$45,677, 15 October 2017

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