Ringling Museum Screening Ai Weiwei Film for World Refugee Day

Arts & Culture

SRQ DAILY FRIDAY WEEKEND EDITION FRIDAY JUN 14, 2019

The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art will be taking part in World Refugee Day this June 20 by presenting a film by Ai Weiwei. The film, Human Flow, is an epic journey that gives a powerful visual expression to this massive human migration. The documentary exposes both the staggering scale of the refugee crisis and its profoundly personal human impact. Weiwei filmed in 23 countries including Kenya, Iraq, Jordan, Turkey, Gaza and Northern Greece. Last year, The Ringling hosted the Chinese artist/activist’s 12 monumental bronze sculptures, Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads.

In 2000, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution declaring June 20 as World Refugee Day. The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and countless civic groups around the world host World Refugee Day events in order to draw the public's attention to the millions of refugees and internally displaced persons worldwide who have been forced to flee their homes due to war, conflict and persecution. This year’s theme explores the Global Compact on Refugees and calls for investment in communities that host refugees to help ease the pressure on the host, while prompting refugees to become self-reliant.

The film will be shown June 20, 2019, at 5 p.m. in the Chao lecture hall of the Ting Tsung and Wei Fong Chao Center for Asian Art. The cost is $5 and members are free; tickets can be reserved at the website below.

The Ringling Presents "Human Flow" by Ai Weiwei

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