On World Refugee Day, join the Mayor of Randwick City, Cr Kathy Neilson at a free screening of HUMAN FLOW, a film by Ai Weiwei.
Artist, activist and director Ai Weiwei captures the global refugee crisis - the greatest human displacement since World War II - in this breathtakingly epic film journey HUMAN FLOW.
Imagine this: When danger comes, you and your family jettison your lives in mid-sentence, leaving behind a bombed-out home and repression at your heels. You pour all your precious savings into a passage of weeks or months—over mountains, across deserts—to jump into a flimsy rubber raft, daring to defy the ocean’s perils, chasing an unwritten future. Or you wait in suspense, journey blocked, at a closed border, in an improvised camp, fighting to never allow the barbed wire to pierce your hope. Perhaps you escape catastrophe, only to deliver yourself to a city you’ve never even imagined, to new streets crackling with fears and furies that make no sense, and even still, you are driven by the most basic human optimism, to live your life no matter what it takes.
Ai Wei Wei on the Responsibility of the International Community:
'Today, I feel as an individual I must make an effort to make people more conscious that refugees are not different from us in any way. They are not terrorists and to portray them as terrorists is really terroristic thinking. They are just human beings and their pain, their joy, their sense of safety and sense of justice is no different from any of ours. Internationally, we have many different kinds of system but all the different powers should have one goal in common: to protect humanity. I think when politicians forget about essential values and human rights, they just continue making more crises. It is time for the international community to put the refugee agenda on the table and start having a very broad discussion about how to address it.'
Stay after the screening to learn about the work of local services: Refugee Advice Casework Services and Sydney Multicultural Community Services.
Free screening - bookings essential!
45 Saint Pauls Street