Ben Quilty to introduce Sydney Screening of HUMAN FLOW with Director Ai Weiwe

Roadshow Films, Biennale of Sydney and the Sydney Opera House today announced that acclaimed Australian artist and social commentator Ben Quilty will introduce the Sydney premiere of Oscar-nominated documentary HUMAN FLOW by Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei at the Sydney Opera House on Thursday March 15, 2018.

Ai Weiwei will attend the screening and be interviewed on stage by Ben Quilty before the screening commences.

HUMAN FLOW will be released in selected cinemas across Australia on March 15, 2018, coinciding with the renowned artist’s visit to Australia to participate in the 21st Biennale of Sydney, SUPERPOSITION: Equilibrium & Engagement.

Over 65 million people around the world have been forced from their homes to escape famine, climate change and war in the greatest human displacement since World War II.  HUMAN FLOW, an epic film journey led by internationally-renowned artist Ai Weiwei, gives a powerful visual expression to this massive human migration. The documentary elucidates both the staggering scale of the refugee crisis and its profoundly personal human impact.

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. HUMAN FLOW 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. HUMAN FLOW comes at a crucial time when tolerance, compassion and trust are needed more than ever.

This visceral work of cinema is a testament to the unassailable human spirit and poses one of the questions that will define this century: Will our global society emerge from fear, isolation, and self-interest and choose a path of openness, freedom, and respect for humanity?

Ben Quilty is an acclaimed Australian artist and social commentator. He has won major prizes for his work including The Archibald Prize and the Doug Moran Portrait Prize.   

Coinciding with the film’s release, Ai Weiwei will be in Australia for the 21st Biennale of Sydney.  Ai Weiwei’s visit to Australia is supported by the Biennale of Sydney. For more information, visit

His monumental work Law of the Journey, a 60 metre boat filled with 250 anonymous figures, will be showcased at UNESCO World Heritage Site, Cockatoo Island. Crystal Ball, a large glass sphere cradled by a nest of life jackets, can also be seen at Artspace as part of the 21st Biennale of Sydney from 16 March until 11 June 2018.


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