Movie Diary 10/19/2017

Human Flow (Ai Weiwei, 2017). A documentary made by an artist will likely be different from one made by a journalist, and this is proved by Ai Weiwei’s lyrical, haunting film. The subject is the global refugee catastrophe, which you have heard about but not quite “seen” in this way before. Understandably, Ai Weiwei doesn’t provide all the context for every situation (he shot in 23 countries), nor the solutions to the problem. Instead, the film seems to chart how the human soul is withering.

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