The Rest

Ai Weiwei
| China, Germany
| 2019
| 78 min

In line with his previous film Human Flow (2017), acclaimed artist Ai Weiwei brings us face-to-face with refugees who fled war and persecution and arrived in Europe, the world’s bastion of human rights, yet have not found the safe havens of their dreams. Instead, they now live in limbo within a disintegrating humanitarian aid system, no longer the centre of media attention, yet unable to move forward with their lives. A moving, yet unsentimental, collage of intimate and restless human portraits, The Rest is not only an accumulation of refugees’ stories but also a mirror of the European political zeitgeist, demonstrating how pan-European values of liberalism and democracy have largely failed in practice and betrayed those most in need of help.

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