Human Flow is a documentary by Ai Weiwei, a contemporary Chinese activist, about the global refugee crisis and its purpose seemed to draw attention the massive amounts of immigrants across the globe fleeing the devastations of war, the recently growing rise of authoritarian and totalitarian government regimes, the economic collapses of some countries, among other things. It was an intriguing while also sad and humbling experience to watch, having in mind the realization that we are in a country that does not have many of the problems plaguing across the world. However, it also draws attention to the efforts of governmental, regulatory, and expert bodies such as the United Nations and World Health Organization, which have put into place—and are seemingly continuing to do so—effort to help immigrants.
Moreover, Human Flow highlights the theme of place. After all, these immigrants are so desperately looking for that—for place in the world. Many people, especially immigrants and refugees in the United States, have no other place to call their home but here, and to force them out to their “home,” as is the case under the current U.S. administration, is a tragically ignorant and desperate sentiment, when the reality for these individuals and their families is so far dichotomized from that type of rhetoric.
It touches on the human aspects of the refugee crisis, and paints an opposite picture of much of the rhetoric experienced across the United States and Europe.
Ultimately, these immigrants and refugees want what we in the United States have—and that is a place that they, too, can call home.