Middlebury College Museum of Art

Sunday, April 29

Film Screening of “Human Flow” by Ai Weiwei and Live Webcast of Q&A with the Artist

Film Screen/Artist Q&A
Time: 4:45pm
Location: McCullough Student Center, Wilson Hall

Ai Weiwei, Artist


Doors open at 4:45 PM. Live webcast of Q&A with Mr. Ai will begin at 5:00 PM. Film screening will follow at 5:30 PM. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

This epic film by renowned artist Ai Weiwei is a detailed and heartbreaking exploration of the global refugee crisis. Captured over the course of a year in 23 countries, the film follows a chain of urgent stories that stretches through Afghanistan, Greece, Iraq, Kenya, Mexico, Turkey, and beyond. From teeming refugee camps to perilous ocean crossings to barbed-wire borders, Human Flow witnesses its subjects’ desperate search for safety, shelter, and justice. (2017, dir. Ai Weiwei, 140 min.)

Q&A with Ai Weiwei will be webcast live from the University of Chicago at 5:00 PM. Mr. Ai will be taking questions from screening audiences across the country.


Members of the audience can ask Ai Weiwei a question during the livestream. The organizers will crowdsource questions before and during the event. Once the film screening begins, members of the audience can submit their questions through sli.do (totally free, and accessible via smartphone, tablet and computer). Viewers can also submit questions in advance - the organizers will start accepting questions on April 23rd.

Participants log on to sli.do with the event code “humanity” to submit questions. The rest of the audience will cast votes for the questions they’d like Ai Weiwei to respond to. The questions receiving the most votes will be given to the moderator to pose to Ai Weiwei. Participants will also be able to comment on the questions on the sli.do event page. The organizers will also use sli.do during the event to poll the audience. **Note** There is no guarantee that a question from the Middlebury audience will be selected.


“...an open-hearted and intricately woven mosaic that travels to 23 different countries (thanks to more than 2,000 crew members) in order to show both the breadth of the refugee crisis as well as its dehumanizing volume...Human Flow is an epic portrait of mass migration that understands how a lack of empathy often stems from a failure of imagination.” —Indiewire

“There are moments in Human Flow, a bracing, often strangely beautiful movie by the artist Ai Weiwei, when it can be hard to see the individuals who make up the roiling, surging rivers onscreen. This difficulty in isolating specific people — really seeing them as sovereign beings rather than as an undifferentiated mass — is crucial to the meaning of the documentary, which charts the global refugee and migrant crisis. ... What Mr. Ai seeks is to go far beyond the nightly news; he wants to give you a sense of the scale of the crisis, its terrifying, world-swallowing immensity.” —New York Times

image still from Human Flow, by Ai Weiwei
image still from Human Flow, by Ai Weiwei