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Human Flow

Project information

Talent Síle Culley
Role of participant Distributor
Director Ai Weiwei
Status finished

Production details

Running time 140 min
Genre Documentary
Year of production 2017
Countries of Production China , Germany , Palestine , United States
Production Companies
24 Media Production Company
AC Films
Ai Weiwei Studio
Website https://humanflow.film/

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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 behind to the unknown potential of the future. Human Flow comes at a crucial time when tolerance, compassion and trust are needed more than ever. This visceral work of cinema is a testament to the unassailable human spirit and poses one of the questions that will define this century: Will our global society emerge from fear, isolation, and self-interest and choose a path of openness, freedom, and respect for humanity?

Participation in international festivals / awards

Venice Film Festival 2017
Telluride Film Festival 2017
Edmonton International Film Festival 2017
Adelaide Film Festival 2017
Hamptons International Film Festival 2017
Mill Valley Film Festival 2017
Hamburg Film Festival 2017
Haifa Film Festival 2017
Stockholm International Film Festival 2017
Mar del Plata Film Festival 2017
International Documentary Festival Amsterdam 2017
IDFA in Groningen 2017