Where you can watch: Prime Video
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 gives a powerful visual expression to this massive human migration. 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.
Why did you choose this film:
The film is a documentary directed by artist Ai Weiwei and I think the footage is authentic, as is this exhibition which Rich Wiles filmed and documented with his family.
It fits with the themes that the exhibition wants to explore: identity, displacement, integration and family issues, and with the exhibition’s vision of amplifying the voices and perspectives of the refugee experience and challenging viewers’ perceptions of refugees.
The exhibition tells the story of a Syrian family’s first-hand experience of displacement, integration and return home, which I see as a small family in a larger context, and through this film we can see what is being experienced from 23 countries, helping the viewer to understand the subject in a global perspective.