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Human Flow

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Germany, United States, China · 2017
Rated PG-13 · 2h 20m
Director Ai Weiwei
Starring Boris Cheshirkov, Marin Din Kajdomcaj, Princess Dana Firas of Jordan, Abeer Khalid
Genre Documentary

In just 1 year, more than 65 million people around the world have been forced from their homes to escape famine, climate change, and war — the greatest displacement since World War II. Following a chain of human stories that stretches across the globe, Ai Weiwei examines the staggering scale of the refugee crisis and its impact.

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Time Out by Dave Calhoun

Human Flow is rooted in specific current national and political situations, yet it offers a portrait of forced human movement and suffering that feels almost timeless.


IndieWire by David Ehrlich

Human Flow is an epic portrait of mass migration that understands how a lack of empathy often stems from a failure of imagination.


The Hollywood Reporter by Deborah Young

Shot in 23 countries, the film has an amazing breadth and a relentless moral drive that will make it a reference point for this subject, whatever the audience response may be.


Variety by Jay Weissberg

Lost among the bulletins and traveling shots is any sense of the individuals whose distinctiveness is eliminated under the crushing word “refugee.”


CineVue by John Bleasdale

With its epic scale and global reach, Human Flow is a powerful testament to a shameful crime against humanity.


The Globe and Mail (Toronto) by Kate Taylor

Human Flow ventures further into pure documentary than Ai's previous work in that field but it's still an art film, with a circular rhythm to its scenes, lingering imagery and a prolonged running time of 140 minutes.


Screen International by Lee Marshall

This sprawling, meandering compendium of dispossessed people in transit is a profoundly human film, a heartfelt call to empathy, but also something of a politicised nature documentary.


The Telegraph by Robbie Collin

Human Flow makes a virtue of its vastness, creating an epic tapestry of souls that stretch from as far away as Syria, Kenya and Burma to the Calais ‘Jungle’ encampment on Britain’s doorstep.

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