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Film screening of 'Human Flow' to examine human migration March 26

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The Center for Global Studies will present a film screening of "Human Flow" at 4 p.m. on March 26 in Lewis Katz Auditorium at University Park, followed by a reception.

"Human Flow" is described as an epic film journey led by the internationally renowned artist Ai Weiwei. The film gives a powerful visual expression to massive human migration. The documentary elucidates both the staggering scale of the refugee crisis and its profoundly personal human impact.

Captured over the course of an eventful year in 23 countries, the film follows a chain of urgent human stories that stretches across the globe. "Human Flow" is a witness to its subjects and their desperate search for safety, shelter and justice — from teeming refugee camps to perilous ocean crossings to barbed-wire borders; from dislocation and disillusionment to courage, endurance and adaptation; from the haunting lure of lives left behind to the unknown potential of the future. "Human Flow" comes at a crucial time when tolerance, compassion and trust are needed more than ever. This visceral work of cinema poses one of the questions that will define this century: Will our global society emerge from fear, isolation and self-interest and choose a path of openness, freedom and respect for humanity? Watch the official trailer or learn more at

Special guests Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia, clinical professor of law and director of the Center for Immigrants' Rights Clinic at Penn State Law, and Suresh Canagarajah, Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Applied Linguistics, English, and Asian Studies and director of the Migration Studies Project, also will be in attendance. Guests are encouraged to stay for the reception to engage and reflect on the film.

For more information, contact Sarah Lyall-Combs at 814-867-4697 or email at

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Last Updated February 21, 2019


  • Sarah Lyall-Combs, Assistant Director, Center for Global Studies