Human Flow

Human Flow
dir.Ai Weiwei/Germany/2017/140 min

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?

Participant Media and AC Films present Human Flow, a film directed by Ai Weiwei. The producers are Ai Weiwei, Chin-chin Yap and Heino Deckert. Andy Cohen of AC Films with Jeff Skoll and Diane Weyermann of Participant Media are the executive producers.


  • projection time:
    140 min
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  • director:
  • pictures:
    Ai Weiwei, Murat Bay, Christopher Doyle, Wenhai Huang, Konstantinos Koukoulis, Renaat Lambeets, Li Dongxu, Lv Hengzhong, Ma Yan, Johannes Waltermann, Xie Zhenwei, Zanbo Zhang
  • production:
    24 Media Production Company / AC Films / Ai Weiwei Studio / Ginger Ink and Halliday Finch / Green Channel / HighLight Films / Human Flow / Maysara Films / Optical Group Film & TV Productions / Participant Media / Redrum Production / Ret Film
  • selected festivals and awards:
    2017 – IFF Venice: CICT-UNESCO Enrico Fulchignoni Award, Fair Play Cinema Award, Fondazione Mimmo Rotella Award, Leoncino d'Oro Agiscuola Award, Human Rights Film Network Award, 2017 – Bambi Awards, 2017 – IDFA Amsterdam, 2017 – IFF Vancouver, 2017 – IFF Toronto, 2017 – IFF Stockholm, 2017 – FF Hamburg, 2017 – IFF Hamptons, 2017 – IFF Adelaide

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