Follow refugees from solitary camps worldwide as they cross oceans and borders in renowned artist-turned-filmmaker Ai Weiwei’s first feature film documentary, “Human Flow.”
“There’s a lot of information and stories out there about refugees right now,” said Utah Film Center Film Program Coordinator David Eyer Davis. “We wanted to bring ‘Human Flow’ to Moab because nothing else comes close to telling such a massive story while maintaining the human connection to all the different people and cultures affected by this global crisis.”
The Utah Film Center and Grand County Public Library will show “Human Flow” on Thursday, April 19, at 7 p.m., at Star Hall, 159 E. Center St. Admission to the film screening is free.
Filmed in 2017, when an estimated 65 million people were reported to be displaced from their homes in light of natural disasters, wars and famines, “Human Flow” captures personal stories from 23 countries as people search for safety, shelter and justice, according to the documentary’s website, humanflow.com.
“By the end of this film, you will have met Syrians, Bangladeshis, Kurds and more. You will have a better understanding of their experiences in the world,” Davis said. “We think this film is an excellent attempt to begin the conversation around the question it poses to all of us: ‘Will our global society emerge from fear, isolation and self-interest and choose a path of openness, freedom and respect for humanity?’”
Grand County Public Library Assistant Jessie Magleby said “Human Flow” was recommended for screening by a number of film patrons in the area and the Utah Film Center.
“Although the subject matter is distressing, it is one of the most crucial issues of our time. It is so important that we not turn a blind eye to what is happening elsewhere in our world,” Magleby said.
The distressing subject matter earned the film a rating of PG-13.
“Human Flow” comes to Star Hall on April 19
“We think this film is an excellent attempt to begin the conversation around the question it poses to all of us: ‘Will our global society emerge from fear, isolation, and self-interest and choose a path of openness, freedom and respect for humanity?’”
When: Thursday, April 19, at 7 p.m.
Where: Star Hall, 159 E. Center St.
For more information about upcoming Star Hall screenings, go to: utahfilmcenter.org/events/category/moab/upcoming/.