Film Screening: Human Flow, at The Open University


Human Flow (2 hours 20 minutes)
A film by Ai Weiwei

More than 65 million people around the world have been forced from their homes to escape famine, climate change and war, the greatest displacement since World War II. Filmmaker Ai Weiwei examines the staggering scale of the refugee crisis and its profoundly personal human impact. Over the course of one year in 23 countries, Weiwei follows a chain of urgent human stories that stretch across the globe, including Afghanistan, France, Greece, Germany and Iraq.

Before the feature film, we will be showing two very short films, co-produced by OU colleagues.

They call us Maids (10 mins)
Produced and Directed by: Leeds Animation Workshop (a women's collective)
OU Academic Dr Amy Charlesworth was involved in this film and her colleague, Dr Leah Clark, will introduce the film

This short animated film tells the story of the thousands of women from disadvantaged backgrounds, in countries such as the Philippines, Indonesia, South Asia or Africa, who have to find work abroad to support their families. Employed as “maids,” and isolated in foreign households, many of these workers find themselves trapped in conditions of great hardship.

The film was made in partnership with Justice 4 Domestic Workers (a registered charity, The Voice of Domestic Workers – an organisation formed by domestic workers currently living in the UK. Based on the real life stories of migrant domestic workers, They call us Maids uses vivid watercolour animation to reveal disturbing truths about modern slavery.

An asylum seeker’s story: Collective leadership in diverse communities (10 mins)
Director: Joseph Mannion

Producers: Kate Dangerfield, Vita Terry, Andrew Jolly
Introduced by Dr Vita Terry from the OU

The documentary tells the story of an asylum seeker in the UK, whose hope of securing safety and a better future for his family has been challenged, as they continually experience multiple barriers, from restricted entitlements, limited support and growing hostility. Five years on, the asylum seeker illustrates the important contribution migrants can have within communities, focusing on his experience of establishing ESOL classes at a time of shrinking service provision. These classes have benefited the community by building language capacity and also bringing diverse populations together to promote integration and cohesion.

Filmed in the West Midlands, the asylum seeker describes the everyday experiences of setting up the ESOL classes. With no financial income and limited resources, the asylum seeker’s gathers the support of the community, by mobilising key individuals and resources. By instigating a shared vision, this spurs a process of actions and narrative, which creates collective leadership within the community. The documentary uses the process of filming to research leadership in non-traditional ways, capturing the importance of collective leadership as well as the individual leader, and how leadership can operate at different levels, using a non-hierarchical, bottom up approach.

Date 19/06/2018
Time 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Venue The Open University
Walton Hall
Milton Keynes

Heidi McCafferty
The Open University
Category Other
Price FREE