SUNDAY 18 MARCH 2018
by Ai WeiWei, Germany/USA, 2017, 140’
Directed by the internationally renowned artist Ai Weiwei, Human Flow gives a powerful visual expression to the greatest human displacement since World War II: over 65 million people around the world forced from their homes to escape famine, climate change and war.
Captured over the course of an eventful year in 23 countries including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, France, Greece, Germany, Iraq, Israel, Italy, Kenya, Mexico, and Turkey, the film 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, people face dislocation and disillusionment with 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?
Screenings in collaboration with the Cineteca di Bologna