Human Flow

    • Ai Weiwei
    • Germany
    • 2017
    • 140 min
    • Dutch Premiere
    • Masters
    To depict his view of the global refugee crisis, Ai Weiwei used 25 camera teams in 20 countries. The results involve many surreal scenes: tent camps erected between railways with passing Greek trains continually sounding their horns; aerial shots of perfectly symmetrical rows of tents with tiny dots in between that move around like ants; groups of white-clad Africans in Italy who seem to have escaped an art project instead of a war zone. The Chinese artist not only visualizes the scale of this difficult problem and the endless streams of people that it involves, but also the tragedies of individual refugees. Weiwei literally forces us to look hard and deep into these people’s eyes and go beyond all those anonymous headlines that we’ve slowly grown immune to. Powerful aesthetic shots that seem to be taken from a nature film alternate with smartphone images that zero in on the horror. The message is clear: these are not numbers or statistics, these are people forgotten by those capable of making a difference.

    Credits

    • 140 min
    • color
    • DCP
    • Spoken languages: English, Arabic
    Director
    Ai Weiwei
    Production
    Ai Weiwei, Chin-chin Yap, Heino Deckert
    Executive producer
    Diane Weyermann for Participant, Jeff Skoll for Participant, Andrew Cohen for AC Films Inc
    Cinematography
    Ai Weiwei, Murat Bay, Christopher Doyle, Wenhai Huang, Konstantinos Koukoulis, Renaat Lambeets, Li Dongxu, Lv Hengzhong, Ma Yan, Johannes Waltermann, Xie Zhenwei, Zanbo Zhang
    Editing
    Niels Pagh Andersen

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