Pasatiempo - - MOVING IMAGES - (Michael Abatemarco)

Chi­nese dis­si­dent artist and icon­o­clast Ai Wei­wei presents an anger-in­duc­ing but com­pas­sion­ate look at mod­ern- day di­as­po­ras and the im­mi­grant whirl­wind af­fect­ing 65 mil­lion peo­ple glob­ally. Am­bi­tiously shot in 23 coun­tries and us­ing a crew of hun­dreds, Wei­wei’s lengthy doc­u­men­tary presents the refugee cri­sis in stark terms. Peo­ple — in­clud­ing chil­dren — are dy­ing, flee­ing their home­lands due to war, famine, geno­cide, and drought, only to face still more hard­ships on the long road to sanc­tu­ary in for­eign, some­times in­hos­pitable, un­wel­com­ing lands. Beau­ti­ful drone photography un­der­scores the vast scope of the cri­sis. But Wei­wei al­ways takes us in for a closer look at the many faces — young and old, male and fe­male, des­per­ate and poor — that make up this hu­man river, trag­i­cally des­tined only to grow wider. Rated PG-13. 140 min­utes. The Screen.

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