Human Flow Reviews

  • Sep 13, 2019

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    No actual information.

  • Apr 09, 2019

    The sorrow of it is almost unwatchable. It's like an apocalyptic sci-fi movie from the future however it's real and it's now. It makes one ashamed to admit to be a human being. It's difficult to believe the treatment of humans by humans. I'd say inhumane but that's an odd word that seems to mean it's conduct below human capability - when there's no such situation as inhumane - we have proved throughout history and present that there's no horrible treatment we won't do to our fellow man. It's difficult to watch and everyone on the planet should feel a sense of guilt - Bravo Ai WeiWei for showing us ourselves - putting a mirror to our inhumanity.

    The sorrow of it is almost unwatchable. It's like an apocalyptic sci-fi movie from the future however it's real and it's now. It makes one ashamed to admit to be a human being. It's difficult to believe the treatment of humans by humans. I'd say inhumane but that's an odd word that seems to mean it's conduct below human capability - when there's no such situation as inhumane - we have proved throughout history and present that there's no horrible treatment we won't do to our fellow man. It's difficult to watch and everyone on the planet should feel a sense of guilt - Bravo Ai WeiWei for showing us ourselves - putting a mirror to our inhumanity.

  • Sep 11, 2018

    I would have rated this higher but for the nearly illegible captions and subtitles. There seems to be a trend toward making titles and captions as small as possible, and Ai Weiwei's film also chose to make them white on mostly light backgrounds.

    I would have rated this higher but for the nearly illegible captions and subtitles. There seems to be a trend toward making titles and captions as small as possible, and Ai Weiwei's film also chose to make them white on mostly light backgrounds.

  • Aug 17, 2018

    Human Flow is a visual experience to be endured. A journey for the soul. A glimpse into the duty of care, and lack thereof, affecting our societies. Forgotten places and forgotten faces reach out and I struggle to remain seated. To comprehend the magnitude of what film director Ai Wei Wei intended. The camera remains. Lost souls stare onto it, onto the abyss. Dignified, proud, hopeful. Despite everything. Statistics and news headlines appear. Foreign voices makeshift the background. Subtitles demand the attention of the viewer. Everyone must seat and watch. There is no easy way out for us as there is no easy way out for the millions of refugees stranded across the globe. Oceans of humanity flow, stretching as far as the next border, people like waves reaching for the coast, seeking relief after a long journey. Aerial views of makeshift camps. Tents set along trains never to halt. People resting on the side of the road. On the verge of tears. Vulnerable to disease, under the elements, moving ever forward with their loved ones. All borders shutting down. The system collapses, numbers increase and countries build fences and walls with money that could be used in so many other ways. No questions are asked or aid provided. Left behind, human beings facing the most inhuman conditions in the history of our race. Those who are victims of the circumstances, run for fear of persecution. Those who pushed them into exile remain immune. Those who watch, what are we? What am I, but a privileged voyeur? A far removed entity able to switch off my screen at any given time. Sheltered, fed, safe. Free. Ashamed of myself as I type these words. Dreading the moment I move onto the next thing, and forget.

    Human Flow is a visual experience to be endured. A journey for the soul. A glimpse into the duty of care, and lack thereof, affecting our societies. Forgotten places and forgotten faces reach out and I struggle to remain seated. To comprehend the magnitude of what film director Ai Wei Wei intended. The camera remains. Lost souls stare onto it, onto the abyss. Dignified, proud, hopeful. Despite everything. Statistics and news headlines appear. Foreign voices makeshift the background. Subtitles demand the attention of the viewer. Everyone must seat and watch. There is no easy way out for us as there is no easy way out for the millions of refugees stranded across the globe. Oceans of humanity flow, stretching as far as the next border, people like waves reaching for the coast, seeking relief after a long journey. Aerial views of makeshift camps. Tents set along trains never to halt. People resting on the side of the road. On the verge of tears. Vulnerable to disease, under the elements, moving ever forward with their loved ones. All borders shutting down. The system collapses, numbers increase and countries build fences and walls with money that could be used in so many other ways. No questions are asked or aid provided. Left behind, human beings facing the most inhuman conditions in the history of our race. Those who are victims of the circumstances, run for fear of persecution. Those who pushed them into exile remain immune. Those who watch, what are we? What am I, but a privileged voyeur? A far removed entity able to switch off my screen at any given time. Sheltered, fed, safe. Free. Ashamed of myself as I type these words. Dreading the moment I move onto the next thing, and forget.

  • Jul 25, 2018

    O mais impressionante é que, enquanto a Europa vive uma crise existencialista e discute como abrir suas fronteiras, concentrando a maior fonte de renda do mundo, países como a Jordânia, o Afeganistão, o Líbano e países pobres da África subsaariana se esforçam para acolher e dar dignidade para pessoas que perderam tudo e viveram o inferno em seus países. O Afeganistão, totalmente desestruturado e se recuperando de grande instabilidade política e econômica, abre as portas e se prepara para receber afegãos refugiados em outros países e refugiados de outros lugares. Pessoas odiadas em seus países, perseguidas, migrando para preservar as suas vidas e terem o mínimo de paz, querem trabalhar e retribuir o refúgio. E infelizmente serão também odiadas nesses países por pessoas ignorantes e insensíveis às perservidades que seus irmãos passaram. Linda também a perspectiva da religião, difundida e interpretado por muitos como responsável por tantas disputas e tanto sofrimento... Mas é justamente a não observação do verdadeiro sentido da mensagem pregada por seus profetas, seja involuntária por alienação seja intencional por interesses políticos e ganância por poder, que tem causado tanta disparidade. A fé e a religião não podem ser condenadas pelo exemplo de pessoas que não as representam. O filme mostra brilhantemente que são justamente elas que mantém unidas essas pessoas que perderam tudo. Verdadeiros devotos que mantém a observação da oração, do culto e da caridade. Enquanto isso, enquanto muitos brasileiros saúdam as atrocidades do presidente Trump, o nosso país se esforça pra também acolher refugiados dando a eles dignidade. Mas somos pobres. Ainda assim há corrupção entre nós e casos desastrosos como aquele edifício que desabou em São Paulo. Esse filme é um alerta pra consciência. Precisamos pensar em nossos irmãos independente de etnia ou crédulo, buscar a caridade e vencer nossas vaidades.

    O mais impressionante é que, enquanto a Europa vive uma crise existencialista e discute como abrir suas fronteiras, concentrando a maior fonte de renda do mundo, países como a Jordânia, o Afeganistão, o Líbano e países pobres da África subsaariana se esforçam para acolher e dar dignidade para pessoas que perderam tudo e viveram o inferno em seus países. O Afeganistão, totalmente desestruturado e se recuperando de grande instabilidade política e econômica, abre as portas e se prepara para receber afegãos refugiados em outros países e refugiados de outros lugares. Pessoas odiadas em seus países, perseguidas, migrando para preservar as suas vidas e terem o mínimo de paz, querem trabalhar e retribuir o refúgio. E infelizmente serão também odiadas nesses países por pessoas ignorantes e insensíveis às perservidades que seus irmãos passaram. Linda também a perspectiva da religião, difundida e interpretado por muitos como responsável por tantas disputas e tanto sofrimento... Mas é justamente a não observação do verdadeiro sentido da mensagem pregada por seus profetas, seja involuntária por alienação seja intencional por interesses políticos e ganância por poder, que tem causado tanta disparidade. A fé e a religião não podem ser condenadas pelo exemplo de pessoas que não as representam. O filme mostra brilhantemente que são justamente elas que mantém unidas essas pessoas que perderam tudo. Verdadeiros devotos que mantém a observação da oração, do culto e da caridade. Enquanto isso, enquanto muitos brasileiros saúdam as atrocidades do presidente Trump, o nosso país se esforça pra também acolher refugiados dando a eles dignidade. Mas somos pobres. Ainda assim há corrupção entre nós e casos desastrosos como aquele edifício que desabou em São Paulo. Esse filme é um alerta pra consciência. Precisamos pensar em nossos irmãos independente de etnia ou crédulo, buscar a caridade e vencer nossas vaidades.

  • Jun 17, 2018

    Too long. Boring. The only thing good about this film is the beautiful scenery. I couldn't finish it.

    Too long. Boring. The only thing good about this film is the beautiful scenery. I couldn't finish it.

  • Mar 22, 2018

    watching this and thinking of the rape gangs, this movie made me sick. he keeps putting himself in every shot that he could, putting the camera in their faces so thats all you see to create a false sense of empathy, and telling these men that they are great people, just look at europe, its falling apart because of this. this is propaganda.

    watching this and thinking of the rape gangs, this movie made me sick. he keeps putting himself in every shot that he could, putting the camera in their faces so thats all you see to create a false sense of empathy, and telling these men that they are great people, just look at europe, its falling apart because of this. this is propaganda.

  • Dec 20, 2017

    This insightful and enlightening take on the migrant crisis is wonderfully objective. Although the director clearly wants to take on the complex and incredibly vast issues regarding the issue, he does a surprisingly good job at tackling all of them even if it is only superficially. I found some of the statistics startlingly, but even after two months the film continues to linger in my mind. A must see.

    This insightful and enlightening take on the migrant crisis is wonderfully objective. Although the director clearly wants to take on the complex and incredibly vast issues regarding the issue, he does a surprisingly good job at tackling all of them even if it is only superficially. I found some of the statistics startlingly, but even after two months the film continues to linger in my mind. A must see.

  • Dec 11, 2017

    Wide ranging view on the global refugee problem that highlights the main issues without offering too much insight on the solution.

    Wide ranging view on the global refugee problem that highlights the main issues without offering too much insight on the solution.

  • Dec 05, 2017

    Sobering but we need to see what's really happening in our world: populations being displaced by war, prejudice and natural causes, while leaders often are the primary cause of the flow, or react with indifference, or are overwhelmed by the scope and complexity of the issues. The resiliency of people, especially children, is amazing, but why should they have to prove it through so much unnecessary abuse and suffering?

    Sobering but we need to see what's really happening in our world: populations being displaced by war, prejudice and natural causes, while leaders often are the primary cause of the flow, or react with indifference, or are overwhelmed by the scope and complexity of the issues. The resiliency of people, especially children, is amazing, but why should they have to prove it through so much unnecessary abuse and suffering?