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HUMAN FLOW, a moving documentary

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"It's going to be a big challenge to recognize that the world is shrinking, and people from different religions, different cultures, are going to have to learn to live with each other," says a voice in the clip below.

For World Humanitarian Day, renowned artist Ai Weiwei debuted the trailer from his forthcoming documentary on the planet’s refugee crisis and its impact on our overall wellbeing.

“There is no better place than being here in Berlin at this critical moment to announce this powerful film to a global audience,” said David Linde, CEO of Participant Media. “We are thrilled to be working with an artist and filmmaker of Ai Weiwei’s caliber and exceptional vision to tell this essential story.”

Human Flow captures an eventful year in 23 countries, following a chain of human stories that stretches across the globe. The desperate search of people from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, France, Greece, Germany, Iraq, Israel, Italy, Kenya, Mexico and Turkey for safety, shelter, and justice is captured. Refugee camps, ocean crossings and barbed-wire borders are all part of their story of courage, endurance. and adaptation. Ultimately, the unassailable human spirit is captured, leaving one question: Will our global society emerge from fear, isolation, and self-interest and choose a path of openness, freedom, and respect for humanity? (via Deadline)

"Human Flow is a personal journey, an attempt to understand the conditions of humanity in our days. ... In this time of uncertainty, we need more tolerance, compassion and trust for each other since we all are one. Otherwise, humanity will face an even bigger crisis," said Weiwei in a statement.

The artist was the subject of Alison Klayman’s acclaimed 2012 documentary Never Sorry, which followed the controversial artist after he’s released from detention by Chinese authorities in 2011 and continues to provoke the government through his artwork.

Amazon Studios and Participant Media present Human Flow in association with AC Films, with direction by Ai Weiwei. Human Flow is produced by Weiwei, Chin-Chin Yap, and Heino Deckert, and executive produced by Andrew Cohen of AC Films, with Jeff Skoll and Diane Weyermann of Participant Media.

The film is anticipated for Oct. 13 release in select theaters in the US, followed by an early 2018 bow in the UK and Ireland.

Check out the trailer below.

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