Berlin: Ai Weiwei Documentary 'Human Flow' to Explore Global Refugee Crisis

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Ai Weiwei in "The Sandstorm"

Participant Media and AC Films are partnering for the doc from the Chinese filmmaker and activist.

Participant Media and AC Films are partnering with Chinese filmmaker and outspoken critic Ai Weiwei on a feature documentary, Human Flow, a film about the global refugee crisis shot in 22 countries.

The doc, unveiled Friday at the Berlin Film Festival, promises footage and interviews of people worldwide forced out of their homes by war, famine and climate change. Human Flow is produced by Weiwei, Chin-chin Yap and Heino Deckert.

Andy Cohen of AC Films with Jeff Skoll and Diane Weyermann of Participant Media are executive producing. The film is currently in post-production.

"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.

Human Flow was shot by 25 film crews in Afghanistan, Mexico, Bangladesh, France, Greece, Germany, Lebanon and in other countries worldwide. "From wastelands of war and persecution, Ai Weiwei takes us on a global odyssey, never losing sight of the individual among this massive human flow – even when confronted by the guns and walls of the ‘free’ world," executive producer Andy Cohen said in a statement.

Ai Weiwei is represented by UTA. He has made around 20 documentaries about social and political issues that have earned major film festival awards.

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