In honor of the 65 million people displaced: the premiere screening of Human Flow

Oct 17, 2017

The Italia Film and UNDP Lebanon held the premiere screening of the Human Flow film at Cinema City Beirut Souks on Monday, observing a crowd of around 550 people.

Ambassadors, embassy representatives, United Nations representatives, the media, NGO representatives, bloggers and university students filled the halls of Cinema City – excited for the screening of the film that left an indelible mark on many.

“We all should be reminded of the human aspect of the displacement crisis,” addressed UNDP Resident Representative and UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, Philippe Lazzarini during the premiere’s opening speech.

Human Flow, directed by the famous Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei – speaks about the 65 million people from 23 countries around the world, who have been forced out of their homes ever since the second World War. It portrays the ever-growing refugee crisis that remains a crucial challenge even today. From refugee camps to dangerous ocean crossing – Weiwei captures their stories and journeys in search of safety. The film elaborates on the staggering global refugee crisis, and it appeals to many with the need of compassion, tolerance and trust.

“This movie could not have come at a more appropriate time. It intends to demand more action and more compassion... By the time this movie ends more than 2400 people will have been displaced, many of them children,” added Lazzarini.

For many of the viewers, the film left them speechless, saddened and angered with all the heartbreaking stories.

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