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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Over 65 million people in the world today have been forcibly displaced from their homes. Witness the global journey of millions of men, women and children, filmed across 23 countries. See more »



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Like Human Flow, Ai has created similar art installations such as the "Law of the Journey" that features a 200 foot inflatable boat carrying 258 refugee figures, "Laundromat" where he filled a New York City gallery with discarded clothing and personal notes left by refugees in a camp in Idomeni Greece, and the recreation of the captured image of Aylan Kurdi, the young Syrian who drowned off the coast of Turkey. See more »

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Not much hope for the future.
31 March 2019 | by deloudelouvainSee all my reviews

The topic of Human Flow is not something that will give you a good feeling after watching this documentary. Massive human migration caused by wars and persecutions it's something that exists since the dawn of time but with the always increasing overpopulation of our planet it now becomes a real problem as some countries just can't handle such massive numbers of refugees. This documentary is heartbreaking and should be shown to all the right extremists in the world, so that their narrow brain maybe could understand that those people fled their country by necessity, and not to take your job or whatsoever. Most of them if not all of them would prefer staying in their countries if it was not bombed to shreds. The documentary is very well shot, with interesting angles and different stories, mostly sad as the situation is just desperate. I don't see a bright future for the next generation, overpopulation and mass migrations will cause the downfall of mother earth. Director Weiwei Ai did a good job with his documentary but I'm afraid that it won't make much difference. Big up to all the people that try to help others and this daily.

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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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