Weekend of Wednesdays: Ai WeiWei’s Human Flow
For the first time ever Yellow Wednesdays presents a full Weekend of Wednesdays! Bringing cinematic activism across two full days. Expect everything from ‘fire in the belly’ uprising through to small actions for global change, WoW brings new films and old together with a whole host of special guests to get you feeling excited, uplifted and inspired to create change.
Our final film of Weekend Of Wednesdays is the incredible Human Flow. Shot over 23 countries, Human Flow brings the realities of the global refugee crisis to our screen with powerful and staggering imagery. Directed by world renowned artist and filmmaker Ai WeiWei this ‘must see’ viewing. Accompanied on the night by a panel of experts offering advice and opening discussion on what we can do, to support refugees locally and worldwide.
Director: Ai Weiwei
Writers: Chin-Chin Yap and Tim Finch
Cast: Israa Abboud, Hiba Abed and Rami Abu Sondos
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?
Yellow Wednesdays is a monthly film night at Impact Hub Birmingham showing everything from local artists, interesting indies and super social commentaries.
As the golden sunlight from a warm Brummie sunset glistens through the windows of Impact Hub Birmingham, members and guests alike close the lids of laptops and breathe a sigh of relief as another day of world changing activities comes to a close. Meanwhile, a laptop lid is opened, coffee is poured and seats are dragged into a seating arrangement fit for the kings, queens and all those in between, ready to consume another evening of spectacular film programming.
Yellow Wednesdays brings a mix of cinema, from the submissions of local Brummies, through to the more ‘Cannes film festival’ less ‘Odeon multiplex’, captivating stories from all other the world. We aim to bring a rich and diverse programme of films to fill your year, and you can catch it all at Impact Hub Birmingham, every 3rd Wednesday of the month.
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