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Human Flow

Directed By Weiwei Ai

Human Flow was the “movie of the refugee crisis” as critics often called it. It is directed by Chinese contemporary artist and activist Ai Wei Wei who, through this great work, aims to show different audiences the root causes behind the displacement of people all over the world. Human Flow is not a fictional movie, which means there is no particular story or protagonist that the audience follows from start to end. It is a documentary that follows the migratory situation in different countries around the world.

Born in Syria

Directed by Hernán Zin

Following the stories of seven Syrian refugee children in Europe, Born in Syria is one of the rare movies that focus on the whole journey of refugees from home country to local integration in the host country. It follows children by depicting their life in Syria before, during and after the conflict, thus highlighting the traumatizing experiences they have been through in detail. It follows their journey in reception centers and refugee camps in Turkey, Hungary, and Greece and what that resulted in later on in their lives. And finally, it follows up on their integration in their final destination in Europe during their first 6 months in the country.

Hotel Rwanda

Directed by Terry George

Paul Rusesabagina (Don Cheadle), a Hutu, manages the Hôtel des Mille Collines and lives a happy life with his Tutsi wife (Sophie Okonedo) and their three children. But when Hutu military forces initiate a campaign of ethnic cleansing against the Tutsi minority, Paul is compelled to allow refugees to take shelter in his hotel. As the U.N. pulls out, Paul must struggle alone to protect the Tutsi refugees in the face of the escalating violence later known as the Rwandan genocide.

Radical Hospitality

Directed by Amanda Chemeche

Radical Hospitality documents the experiences of a displaced Southeast Asian community as they adapt themselves to a new home. This film follows a group of refugees as they are inducted into an Old Order Mennonite church in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The Karen, an ethnic minority group living on the Thai-Myanmese border, have fought a protracted civil war against the military government of Myanmar for nearly eight decades in hopes of creating their own nation. Fleeing persecution but looking to maintain their culture and identity, the community finds an unlikely partner in Habecker Church, home to an aging congregation in rural Pennsylvania. Set against a backdrop of anti-refugee protests, heated political debate, and the Lancaster countryside, the two groups strive to create a new community as they seek common ground between their radically distinct cultures.