Open Books Open Minds presents: “Human Flow”

Britt Donahue – Photo Editor

“I want the right of life, of the leopard at the spring, of the seed splitting open — I want the right of the first man.” These words, by Turkish poet, Nâzım Hikmet open Ai Weiwei’s 2017 documentary about human migration, “Human Flow.”

The documentary was shown on campus last week as part of the 2018-2019 Open Books Open Minds program. This year’s  book selection is “Exit West,” by Mohsin Hamid, a story that follows two young people fleeing war in their home country. While “Exit West” is fictional, there are currently more than 65 million refugees worldwide, fleeing conditions like those encountered by the book’s main characters.   

“Human Flow” takes the viewer through more than 20 countries to demonstrate the extent of the global refugee crisis, and brings humanity and dignity back to the millions of people who have been forced out of their homes for reasons beyond their control. Weiwei speaks with migrants, dignitaries, and human rights workers to stress the extent of this crisis, and show the damage being done to people under the guise of security.

Graphic courtesy of Participant Media

“Human Flow” is available to stream on Amazon Prime.

For more information on the Open Books Open Minds program, contact Drs. Duneer, Hawk, or Jalalzai in the English department, or email