Human Flow director Ai Weiwei to attend UK premiere on 4 December Followed by LIVE Q+A with Jon Snow and special guests
“Urgent… A Visual Tone Poem That Proves Both Epic and Highly Human” ★★★★ - THE GUARDIAN
“Engrossing, Visually Stunning… An Amazing Breadth and a Relentless Moral Drive” - THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
★★★★ - THE DAILY TELEGRAPH
★★★★★ - THE FINANCIAL TIMES
Altitude Film Distribution today announce renowned artist and activist Ai Weiwei will participate in a panel discussion following a screening of his highly acclaimed, ground-breaking documentary on the global refugee crisis, HUMAN FLOW. The conversation, hosted by Channel 4 News’ Jon Snow and including special guests, is taking place on Monday 4th December and will be broadcast LIVE from Milton Court Concert Hall, London to over 200 cinemas across the UK and Ireland following simultaneous screenings.
The premiere screening and event, held in partnership with Help Refugees and the Barbican, will precede the cinema release of HUMAN FLOW across the UK and Ireland on 8th December.
Altitude have also launched the UK trailer and poster for the release of HUMAN FLOW.
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.
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?
In honour of the subjects and stories of this ground-breaking film, HUMAN FLOW is fundraising to help provide vital support for those on the front lines of the global refugee crisis this winter, in partnership with acclaimed UK charity Help Refugees. Donate to the The HUMAN FLOW Fund for Help Refugees here.
HUMAN FLOW will be released in cinemas across the UK & Ireland on December 8th 2017
About Altitude Film Distribution
The Altitude Film Entertainment group comprises Altitude Film Production led by Will Clarke chairman and joint-CEO with Andy Mayson; Altitude Film Sales with Managing Director Mike Runagall; and Altitude Film Distribution with Head of Distribution Hamish Moseley.
Altitude Film Distribution has expanded its slate extensively over the Four years since its launch. This year it released the Academy Award® Best Picture winning feature Moonlight and was responsible for the release of Academy Award® and BAFTA-winning Amy in 2015 and 20 Feet From Stardom. Other releases have included the Otto Bell’s BAFTA-Nominated The Eagle Huntress, Raoul Peck’s Academy Award®-winning I Am Not Your Negro, William Oldroyd’s Lady Macbeth, Louis Theroux’s My Scientology Movie, Peter Mackie Burns’s Daphne (starring Emily Beecham), Ira Sachs’ Love is Strange and Little Men, Bharut Nalluri’s Spooks: The Greater Good and Jeremy Saulnier’s Green Room.
Forthcoming releases include Sean Baker’s The Florida Project, Andrey Zvyagintsev’s Loveless, Studio Ponoc’s Mary and the Witch’s Flower, Ai Weiwei’s Human Flow, Lili Fini Zanuck’s documentary Eric Clapton: A Life In 12 Bars, Michael Pearce’s Beast, Asif Kapadia’s Maradona, Kevin Macdonald’s Untitled Whitney Houston Documentary, Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire’s A Prayer Before Dawn, Marc Meyers’ My Friend Dahmer, Fabio Grassadonia and Antonio Piazza Sicilian Ghost Story, Chloe Zhao’s The Rider and Brian Welsh’s Beats.
About the Barbican
A world-class arts and learning organisation, the Barbican pushes the boundaries of all major art forms including dance, film, music, theatre and visual arts. Its creative learning programme further underpins everything it does. Over 1.1 million people attend events annually, hundreds of artists and performers are featured, and more than 300 staff work onsite. The architecturally renowned centre opened in 1982 and comprises the Barbican Hall, the Barbican Theatre, The Pit, Cinemas One, Two and Three, Barbican Art Gallery, a second gallery The Curve, foyers and public spaces, a library, Lakeside Terrace, a glasshouse conservatory, conference facilities and three restaurants. The City of London Corporation is the founder and principal funder of the Barbican Centre.
About Help Refugees
Help Refugees is a pioneering organisation working on the frontline of the refugee crisis in Europe and beyond. Founded in 2015 as part of a grassroots movement of volunteers, in just two years they have become one of the most prominent and effective humanitarian aid organisations working with refugees. Responding to urgent needs rapidly, and acting where large INGOs can’t or won’t, Help Refugees now supports over 80 different projects which have reached/ benefitted over 600,000 people escaping war, violence and persecution. They work across Europe and the Middle East including Syria and are soon to begin working to support the Rohingya in Bangladesh.
Working with minimal overheads, with donations going directly to projects that have a real and tangible impact, Help Refugees is part of a new movement of humanitarian aid. In recognition of this work, they have been the recipient of multiple awards including the Liberty Jo Cox ‘More in Common’ Award 2016, Foreign Policy’s Top 100 Global Thinkers 2016, the NESTA New Radicals 2016, a #goalkeeper2017 by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and have also been named NME Charity of the Year for 2017.