Human flow - is, at it suggests, a lot of people on 'a path' ... desperate to escape their country, to find hope in a welcoming land, to be able to live peacefully giving their family a better deal ...
... through the dusty, hot trails across the desert, even in a rubber dinghy of doubtful origin setting out across the Mediterranean Sea - the horrors of life without papers, without security ... and in the film we all see the hopelessness and horror these refugees go through to give themselves a chance of a life ...
I went to see the documentary film Ai Weiwei (the Chinese contemporary artist and activist) has made titled "Human Flow".
Ai Weiwei's experience of being held in China, then getting his passport back and being able to travel - he went to Lesbos, Greece to see the refugees ... drawing on his own persecution ... and checking other refugee routes ...
This eye opening experience led him to make the film. He states, when the film was shown at La Biennale di Venezia, the following:
"Human Flow is a personal journey, an attempt to understand the conditions of humanity in our days. The film is made with deep belief in the value of human rights.
In this time of uncertainty, we need more tolerance, compassion and trust for each other, since we are all one. Otherwise, humanity will face an even bigger crisis."
|Armenian woman and|
children forced in 1915, with
many others, to flee from
Anatolia to Syria ... where are
their descendants now,
The film was released in 2017 ... for it he visited over 20 countries ... and I've put links below - so you can read more: which I hope you will do ... even if you don't get to see the film.
Also to read up more about Ai Weiwei - which I had not realised ...
That's my contribution to #We Are The World Blogfest for this month ... it is eye opening ...
We are the World - In Darkness, Be Light
We are made to think ...
Ai Weiwei - Wikipedia article
Human Flow - links across to YouTube 2.25 mins introduction
The Guardian article ... revealing a deeply affecting empathy for those caught in a global crisis.
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