Human Flow

In Cinemas Now

When there's nowhere to go, nowhere is home.

Documentary from Ai Weiwei (Beijing 2003) exploring the global refugee crisis. Nominated for the Golden Lion at Venice.

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.


Directed by

  • Ai Weiwei('Beijing 2003', 'Fairytale', 'Ai Wei Wei's Appeal ¥15,220,910.50')

Documentary, World Cinema


Rating: M Mature themes

Iraq, Germany, Israel, Mexico, Turkey, Jordan, USA

The Guardian (UK)


An ambitious, humane and often shocking cine-essay on the subject of migrants and the 21st century migrant condition.

Total Film (UK)


A powerful portrait of horror, hope and humanity emerges.

Empire (UK)


Although maybe a little naive in places, this is an unflinching record of a cry of anguish that has to be heard and acted upon. Everyone needs to see this.

Los Angeles Times


An artful, solemn globe-hop epic of the refugee crisis with an unfortunate cast of millions.

New York Times


Mr. Ai's ambition in "Human Flow" is as expansive as his reach and his apparently deep-pocketed resources.

TimeOut (New York)


This is angry, thoughtful, straightforward activist journalism: blunt, simple and impossible to ignore.

Variety (USA)


There's nothing especially distinctive about the package, nothing to tell you this is the work of the most recognisable living artist of the moment.

Hollywood Reporter


[A] long, engrossing, visually stunning documentary ... (Luke Buckmaster)


A vital documentary about a global emergency.