HUMAN FLOW and the Beauty of Sorrow

The director and well-known artist of HUMAN FLOW, Ai Weiwei, created an amazing piece on the human condition: it presents the journey of the 65-million refugees who walk across the world in the Middle East, Africa, and Europe.  They are fleeing wars, climatic change, poverty, and discrimination.

 

HUMAN FLOW was filmed in 23 countries, among them Lebanon, Syria, Greece, Italy, France.  It is much more than “a moving picture”: HUMAN FLOW elicits emotions beyond compassion.   It took the courage and the talents of an extraordinary filmmaker, a photographer, a composer, and dozens of local participants – as well as the distribution team of Magnolia and Amazon Studios to document the tribulations, challenges and hardships of human beings filmed in aerial views, in close-ups, or in groups.   The images beautifully present the “big picture” of refugees (huge pans of lands covered with refugee camps) and the smaller picture of their plight—individuals, children, women whose pain and survival skills create deep sorrow about the politics at the root of their tragic fate.

 

HUMAN FLOW is moving, well documented, inspiring; it also includes quotations from Turkish and Kurdish poets, Buddhist philosophers that appear regularly on the screen. Definitions of the term refugee, reminders of how human rights have been defined by the European Union, figures that report the numbers of displaced people in each country after the onset of the Iraq war give the movie an invaluable educational dimension.

 

Whether one already knows about refugees or not, taking two hours out of your Black Friday weekend at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema’s Film Club screening, is an experience for your intellect and your heart.  Ai Weiwei was not content to film the refugees: he lived with them, walked at their side, shared their daily existence.  He brings about the compassion every human being should experience when becoming aware of this dire picture of our present world:  people who have lost everything and cross borders that are suddenly closed to them, those who face rain, rivers, wade in the mud, experience deaths of family members, walk in sorrow through a cemetery full of those who did not survive the crossings, deprivation, and humiliation.  It would be sheer indifference not to take action after one listens to the poignant interviews of the refugees as well as their representatives from the United Nations and other organizations such as Human Watch.

A few images, moments and quotes stuck to my mind.  One showed silent refugees posing on a white background:  no words were uttered; indeed, which ones could express their condition? Another one showed Africans coming out of a boat and being handed light gold blankets which made them look like a group sculpture shaking in the wind.

Yes, mankind should be ashamed of letting such events happen on our planet, mankind should also be proud of having among us individuals who are determined to save others.

“You killed me, and like you, I forgot to die” was one of the quotes from a poet.

HUMAN FLOW.  A tribute to life, an appeal to our consciousness.

Reviewed by Martine Bourdeau

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HUMAN FLOW and the Beauty of Sorrow

In Like A Lion: A Film Club March 2016 Schedule

Here is a full list of upcoming screenings with Film Club at our local Alamo Drafthouse Cinema for the month of March 2016.

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Film Club’s February 2016 Calendar Of Screenings

Here is a full list of upcoming screenings with Film Club at our local Alamo Drafthouse Cinema for the month of February 2016.

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LOST WEEKEND V: A Weekend Around the World

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Film Club’s LOST WEEKEND V will be a celebration of film at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema from Thursday, February 25th through Sunday, February 28th.  Twenty feature films from around the world will be featured, including EIGHT advance screenings.  None of these films have been screened theatrically in Winchester before.  Other weekend highlights will include a Devils Bakbone beer tasting, a free photo booth, menu specials based around films, free buttons and more!

158 weekend passes are available.  Passes guarantee you a seat to all eighteen screenings for only $35.

During Lost Weekend V, Film Club will host a silent auction whose proceeds will benefit the MUSEUM OF THE SHENANDOAH VALLEY

Please help Film Club and the Alamo make independent cinema more available to the public than ever before.

Film Club 3.0 is a community of film fans that meets as often as every week at the Alamo Drafthouse to screen independent, foreign, documentary and classic films.  Founded and led by Andy Gyurisin, the group has grown to over 2,000 members in two years of screenings at the Alamo and has helped to demonstrate that independent films are in demand in the Shenandoah Valley.

Country Inn and Suites is located next to the theater and is offering a group rate for the weekend.  Call 540-869-7657 for rates and availability.

This is our full line-up of our Lost Weekend V schedule arriving to the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Winchester on February 25th – 28th, 2016.

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Please Avoid Late Fees: A Return to V/H/S with V/H/S 2

When I began this project my initial idea was that I was going to explore horror anthologies as a stepping stone for young indie directors to make their mark within the genre.  I felt confident about my initial research, and it shaped my first conversation on the topic, but then social media reminded me that not everything Andy believes is true.  An email from a friend mentioned that V/H/S was the case of a distribution company who had lost money with some horror films to make one for a small amount and sell it for a larger amount.  It was also the case of a group of friends who were bored and gathered to make a film on the cheap.  This had me thinking, perhaps my argument is wrong, perhaps what I should be looking at is the business of horror anthologies.  Are horror anthologies a perfect way to finance either another film project, or to pull yourself out of debt?  I will explore this a bit using V/H/S 2 as my backdrop.

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Film Club’s December Schedule Announced!

Here is a full list of upcoming screenings with Film Club at our local Alamo Drafthouse Cinema for the month of December 2015.

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Film Club’s December Schedule Announced!