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.... More
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.Hide
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BY pnmitchell nobody
The inclusion of Mexicans crossing into the US... More seeking better fortune did not qualify them as refugees, not at least by the UN and EU definitions both prominently displayed earlier in the film itself. However, the film takes a wide view of refugee movements throughout the world which was a new perspective.
The main value of this documentary is its reach beyond the 15 second evening news reporting of this complex and distressing subject. It gave a window into the lives of millions of people displaced by war and violence; sleeping rough and finding whatever food, sanitation and shelter they can along the way. While confronting, its important information and context to the unfolding situation.
There is some captivating photography and drone footage in this doco. Also, the over laid poems where thought provoking and heart warming. The statistics giving in the film where just plain incredible, notably 36,000 people become refugees each day and the average time a person spend as a refugee is 25 years. Countries like Lebanon and Jordan have 1 in 3 people as refugees, mostly without any legal status in the host country.Hide