The Rest


Isabel Bader Theatre Sat, Apr 27, 2019 12:45 PM
Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema Sun, May 5, 2019 9:30 PM
Film Info
Country Listing:Germany
Premiere Status:North American Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2019
Accessibility:Full Subtitles
Program Category:Special Presentations
Film Subjects:Immigration, Multiculturalism & Refugees
War, Conflict & the Military
Western & Central Europe
By Program - Sort:Closed Captions & Full Subtitles
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Ai Weiwei
Producer(s):Ai Weiwei
Editor(s):Fen Wang
Cinematography:Niels Benoist
Christopher Doyle
Wenhai Huang
Konstantinos Koukoulis
Renaat Lambeets
Dongxu Li
Hengzhong Lv
Yan Ma
Johannes Waltermann
Zanbo Zhang
Zhenwei Xie
Composer:Karsten Fundal
Sound:Srdjan Bajski
Stelios Bouziotis
Yves Goossens Bara
Tasos Karededos
Oguz Kaynak
Zenon Panosiflis
Kiriakos Poukamisas
Lajos Wienkamp Marques


Also screening in the Big Ideas Series presented by Scotia Wealth Management

Since the 2017 release of internationally acclaimed artist Ai Weiwei's film Human Flow, the global refugee crisis has faded from mass media coverage—but the reality has only gotten worse, with an estimated 68.5 million people displaced in 2018. Compiled from over 900 hours of unused footage from Human Flow, The Rest dives into a more intimate look at the refugees who still hang in limbo as they await sanctuary in Europe. Having fled war, poverty and persecution, and travelled treacherous routes to reach safe harbour, they now endure an overburdened aid system and intensifying nationalism. Through very personal interviews with refugees, we hear of their struggle to keep their lives in balance and of a European system that has failed to protect the most marginalized among us. Heather Haynes

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Additional Information

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