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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)
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Cast

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

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Germany | USA | China | Palestine | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 October 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

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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In 1976, Ai and his family were allowed to return from exile and soon after, Ai explored a path in the arts and enrolled in the Beijing Film Academy. See more »

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Missed opportunity
11 January 2019 | by briannamcfarlaneSee all my reviews

In a documentary which is by it's very definition supposed to span the global refugee problem this documentary spends all of 5 of its 240 minutes in Africa. It visits one refugee camp in Kenya and a boat of arriving Eritreans (granted this scene is exceptionally powerful). Oh and a couple of shots of 'Africans' in Southern Italy but Ai Wen Wen doesn't bother to give them a nationality, an ethnicity, or a voice.

Two of the five largest refugee populations by country of origin come from Africa. Most counts place more than half of the top ten countries on the continent. By host country, African nations again dwarf European and some Middle Eastern ones.

Like Gaza and Lebanon, some countries host refugees for generations. The world's longest running refugee camps both exist in Kenya. The vast majority of these people are displaced by conflict and yet Human Flow seeks to explain away the African refugee climate to the unpolitical cause of climate change.

The platform is enormous, and yet in a documentary that seeks to highlight complexity, misses an enormous opportunity to tell the many diverse and complex African refugee stories.


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