Ai Weiwei: Human Flow Screening and Q&A
Sunday, April 29, 1:30 PM
Performance Hall, Logan Center for the Arts
915 E 60th St
RESERVATIONS FOR THIS EVENT ARE SOLD OUT.
Directed by internationally renowned artist Ai Weiwei, Human Flow is a sprawling and heartbreaking exploration of the global refugee crisis. Captured over the course of a year in 23 countries, the film follows a chain of urgent stories that stretches through Afghanistan, Greece, Iraq, Kenya, Mexico, Turkey and beyond. From teeming refugee camps to perilous ocean crossings to barbed-wire borders, Human Flow witnesses its subjects’ desperate search for safety, shelter, and justice. This event is a part of a nationwide simultaneous screening of Human Flow and the live Q&A with Ai Weiwei will be livestreamed to institutions across the country.
MORE ABOUT THE FILM:
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?
Presented by UChicago Arts and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Additional support provided by the Pozen Family Center for Human Rights and Chicago Humanities Festival.
Tickets: FREE but reservations are required (limit 1 per person)