Over the course of a year, Chinese artist Ai Weiwei visited 40 refugee camps in 23 countries — from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, France and Greece to Germany, Iraq, Israel and Italy — witnessing a massive human migration of more than 65 million people forced from their homes to escape famine, climate change and war.
He turned a camera on it, resulting in the documentary “Human Flow,” which will screen on Friday, April 13, at 6 p.m. at the Parrish Art Museum, located at 279 Montauk Highway in Water Mill, in collaboration with the Hamptons Take 2 Documentary Film Festival.
“The documentary elucidates both the staggering scale of the refugee crisis — the greatest human displacement since World War II — and its profoundly personal human impact,” according to a press release. “The film is a witness to its subjects and their desperate search for safety, shelter, and justice: from teeming refugee camps to perilous ocean crossings to barbed-wire borders; from dislocation and disillusionment to courage, endurance and adaptation; from the haunting lure of lives left behind to the unknown potential of the future.”
Following the screening, Parrish Senior Curator of ArtsReach and Special Projects Corinne Erni will have a discussion with Firas Kayal, senior policy advisor at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees office in New York. He has worked as a legal protection officer in countries such as Iraq, Yemen, the Gulf Region, Sri Lanka, Sudan and Switzerland — where he headed the External Relations Unit at Middle East and North Africa Bureau, responding to multiple displacement emergencies.
“I am very pleased to continue our partnership with HT2FF to screen this important work by one of the best-known artists today taking on such an important and deeply troubling topic that regards us all as humans,” Erni said in a press release. “I also look forward to hear the expert voice from the United Nations after the film.”
Tickets are $20 or $5 for members, children and students. For more information, please call (631) 283-2118 or visit parrishart.org.