Photo: Defense Secretary James Mattis (R) delivers remarks to reporters about recent U.S. troops killed in Niger as he welcomes Israel's Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman and his delegation for meetings at the Pentagon in Washington, U.S. October 19, 2017. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)
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Laurie Ochoa, Co-editor and Co-founder, Slake magazine
The controversy over whether or not President Trump called the relatives of the four soldiers who were recently killed in Niger obscured the bigger questions: What are we doing in Niger? Are we at war there? And who are we fighting?
Chinese artist Ai Weiwei is known for works that challenge repressive regimes and government censorship. In 2011, he was arrested by the Chinese government, beaten by police, and surveilled. He now lives in Berlin. His new film is a sweeping documentation of the global refugee crisis, capturing the millions of people worldwide caught between borders: Syrians trying to reach Greece, Africans pouring into Italy, families in camps in Iraq, Jordan and Thailand. It’s called “Human Flow.”
A scene from Ai Weiwei’s "Human Flow."
Ai Weiwei during the filming of "Human Flow." (Photos courtesy of Amazon Studios)
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