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. Captured over the course of an eventful year in 23 countries, 'Human Flow' 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. This 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; from dislocation and disillusionment to courage, endurance and adaptation; from the haunting lure of lives left behind. 'Human Flow' comes at a crucial time when tolerance, compassion and trust are needed more than ever. Will our global society emerge from fear, isolation, and self-interest and choose a path of openness, freedom, and respect for humanity?
Israa Abboud, Hiba Abed, Rami Abu Sondos, Fadi Abou Akleh, Yamama Al-Awaad, Asmaa Al-Bahiyya, Eman Al-Masina, Maya Ameratunga, Amir, Hanan Ashrawi, Orlando Avis, Peter Bouckaert, Sukriye Cetin, Tanya Chapuisat, Boris Cheshirkov, Marin Din Kajdomcaj, Hagai El-Ad, Mohammad Fares, Sarah Giles, Filippo Grandi
This really puts in perspective how so many people suffer from homelessness and threats to their safety. It also confronts the often perception that we in the UK get most refugees.To see kids living in tents in a muddy field makes you appreciate how lucky we are.
My only gripe, this is a film that relies heavily on subtitles yet they are very small and often impossible to read, white letters on a light background !. Who on earth thought that satisfactory ??
I am so glad to have seen a Human Flow. It was almost unbearable to watch and learn about the millions of people who have had to leave their homes. The numbers are staggering. I had to reverse the dvd at times to be able to read and absorb the statistics shown in the subtitles. Ai Weiwei takes you to countries around the world. As a documentary directed and produced by an artist, sometimes the beauty of colours is shown even while you are seeing tents and clothing that go on for miles. Sometimes the shots are high up and people look like ants swirling around massive camps. You see a city in Syria bombed into oblivion with not even a weed left to eat. Over 65 million refugees. You perceive the dilemma when thousands of people arrive in a countryside or city. The impact of all these people who come often with just the clothes on their backs or a small bundle of belongings. No food, water, housing, toilets. Children not in school. Lives on hold. Climate change and refugees are biggest concerns. This is a powerful, stunning, extremely important documentary that I highly recommend. I agree that at times it is difficult to read white subtitles against white or beige background. I watched twice to be able to write down statistics. Ai Weiwei is noble and brave.
This film conveys the frustration and irrationality of the migration and asylum process for those desperate people experiencing it, and is uncomfortable to watch in the comfort of my sofa. The Geneva Convention is inadequate for our very complicated world and needs updating for this century. This v ok illustrates that.
That said, I didn't think the film did much else. It didn't give any testimony or backstory that would help understand why so many fled and Asylum was left wanting to hear people talk in their own words.