Global Justice This Week

Human Flow

Aug 29th, 2018 11:00 am
FILM
70 pesos
Directed by Ai Weiwei
The Human Flow is an epic tale of our time. The worldwide refugee crisis we are witnessing will almost certainly be seen as one of our defining features. We ignore it at our peril.

Presenting the massive migration of people in broad, panoramic views, the director Ai Weiwei delivers his message in visual form, without explanations or analysis. The film contains scenes of refugees on the move or in encampments in 23 countries and we are reminded that it is a small part of the over 60 million refugees that have lost their homes in the world today. Ai Weiwei doesn't offer solutions - those are left to the viewer.

The length of the film, 2 1/2 hours, is part of Ai Weiwei's message. The enormity of the situation cannot be defined by eliminating any of its parts. Many of the drone shots of refugees on the move and of their encampments are breathtakingly beautiful - beautiful and tragic. This is our world and we need to respond to it, he seems to be saying. He has been criticized for putting himself into a few of the scenes, but others feel this is a necessary reminder of the source of these perceptions and images into which he has poured his heart and soul.

Ai Weiwei is himself a remarkable artist and activist. He lived the first 16 years of his life in a hard labour camp in the Gobi Desert where his poet father was exiled for being classified a "decadent intellectual" along with half a million others during the revolution in China. His mother, a writer, was also condemned to sharing this hard life. Ai Weiwei, who spent 81 days in jail when he tried to visit his father in China in later life, eventually settled in Berlin, Germany, where he is known for his moving and monumental installations dealing with refugees ((14,000 lifejackets collected off the shores of Lesvos in 2016) and children (backpacks) in memory of 5,000 Chinese school children who lost their lives in a poorly constructed building in an earthquake.

Few attempts have been made to even define the worldwide refugee situation, let alone solve it. We will have time to hear audience reactions and views at the end of the film.

Location
Teatro Santa Ana
La Biblioteca Publica, Reloj 50A, Centro
San Miguel de Allende, GUA 37700
Mexico

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Immigration: We Can Shape Better Solutions
Aug 30th, 2018 11:00 am
TALK
70 pesos
Rebecca Eichler & Samantha Silva Nogueda
If you're a caring, empathetic human being, watching current events unfold around the globe, can feel like an assault on our humanity. It's no wonder that many of us feel both overwhelmed and angry with the actions of those currently wielding power in the world.

Immigration, the movement of people intent on finding a better life, for themselves and their families, has catapulted into a major 21st century worldwide dilemma. Political and social unrest, economic ideology, climate change, the fickle nature of modern capital and the precariousness of job security all contribute to the growing flow of humanity across national boundaries, hostile terrain and dangerous seas.

Fortunately, there are organizations and individuals working everyday to promote the voice and needs of the immigrant community. The Center for Global Justice will be present a panel discussion on how we can all get involved in this important issue. The panel members are: Samantha Silva Nogueda, Program Coordinator at Caminamos Juntos, a local non-profit providing assistance to deportees returning to the greater San Miguel area and Rebecca Eichler, who has practiced immigration law for more than 20 years in the Washington DC area and internationally. Rebecca provides culturally-sensitive legal counsel and assistance to marginalized and vulnerable populations including undocumented immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers. Rebecca and Samantha will be discussing concrete ways we can all get involved and add our voices to the development of humane policies and programs around immigration. The speakers will address these issues from the perspective of involvement both here in San Miguel and the US.

Location
Sala Quetzal
La Biblioteca Publica, Rejoj 50A, Centro
San Miguel de Allende, GUA 37700
Mexico

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