On Sunday, October 8th, New America NYC presented a screening of Human Flow, a sweeping new film by world-renowned artist, activist, and icon Ai Weiwei, followed by a conversation with Richard Gere and David Miliband on the plight of refugees all over the world.
More than 65 million people have been forcibly displaced due to war, persecution, climate change, and crushing poverty in the greatest human displacement since World War II. Setting out on a journey across 23 countries, Ai Weiwei, who spent his own childhood as a displaced person during China's Cultural Revolution, follows a chain of urgent human stories across the globe to bear witness to this massive human migration, elucidating both the staggering scale of the refugee crisis and its intimately personal human impact.
From perilous ocean crossings to barbed-wire borders, Ai follows the desperate attempts of men, women, and children as they move from dislocation and disillusionment to endurance and adaptation. HumanFlow is a testament to the unassailable human spirit and poses a question that will define this century's greatest human rights challenge: will we emerge from fear and isolation and choose a path of freedom and respect for one another?
Ai Weiwei @aiww
Artist and activist
Director, Human Flow
Actor and humanitarian
David Miliband @DMiliband
President and CEO, International Rescue Committee
Former Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, United Kingdom