'Human Flow': the Latest Documentary from Chinese Star Artist Ai Weiwei
Ai Weiwei is an experienced documentarian, renowned Chinese artist and human rights campaigner. In the 1970s and 80s, Ai Weiwei participated in the Star art movement which helped improve freedom of expression in China.
Ai Weiwei’s latest film, Human Flow, tells the passionate stories of individuals living and striving through the turbulence of today's unprecedented migration. Beautiful seas turn into horrific nightmares, while Ai Weiwei's film-length documentary captures the very real struggle.
Ai Weiwei's own struggles to break China's hold on freedom of speech and shape Chinese culture, is told in the acclaimed novel Brushstrokes in Time.
Ai's art drifted too far from the government's ideals, and would not be hosted by any art gallery. In an epic act of defiance, Ai created his own exhibition in a park near China's National Art Museum and protested when the government closed it down, eventually winning greater freedoms for Chinese artists.
Human Flow is not a news show; it's a collection of deeply emotional stories.