Watch now: Ai Weiwei 'Drifting' by Deutsche Welle TV
13 July 2017
A new documentary follows Ai Weiwei for a year as he travels to the heart of the refugee crisis. The film shows the artist and activist at home, at work, and on the road for work, as he prepares his latest series of works focused on refugees and their fates.
“Since 2014, more than 10,000 refugees have died in the Mediterranean. I document everything. I think records are needed for future generations,” the artist says in the DW documentary. “There’s no words to describe [this crisis],” he continues. “I’m trying to see how civilization and humanity function, how they treat these people, how they share the very essential values and dignity of human beings.”
Produced by German broadcaster Deutsche Welle TV, with journalists Eva Mehl and Bettina Kolb. Watch the full video here.
Image: Ai Weiwei at the Idomeni refugee camp on the Greek Macedonia border last March. Photo by Matt Cardy