Chinese dissident and artist Ai Weiwei has long tackled politically sensitive subjects. In alleged retaliation for works criticizing the Chinese government, he was arrested and beaten and had his passport confiscated.

“Human Flow” opens in Bay Area theaters Oct. 20, 2017

In 2014, although he couldn’t travel, Ai designed a massive, groundbreaking exhibit that was installed on Alcatraz island in the San Francisco Bay. The exhibit targeted incarceration, the treatment of Native Americans, and the definition of freedom.

Now, his latest film Human Flow tackles the global refugee crisis. KQED’s Monica Lam sat down with Ai while he was in San Francisco.


Ai Weiwei Tackles Global Refugee Crisis in ‘Human Flow’ 20 October,2017Monica Lam


Monica Lam

Monica  is the senior producer of KQED Newsroom, a weekly current affairs TV program, and has reported extensively on the criminal justice system.

Before joining KQED, Monica worked at the Center for Investigative Reporting, where she examined conditions inside maximum security prisons and abuse in state-run institutions for the developmentally disabled. Prior to that, she produced and directed Journey of the Bonesetter’s Daughter, a documentary that follows novelist Amy Tan as she creates an opera based on her family history.

Monica’s work has been honored with a duPont Award, three Emmys, regional and national Murrow Awards, and has been recognized by Investigative Reporters and Editors, the Society of Professional Journalists, Religion Newswriters Association and the San Francisco Peninsula Press Club. Monica studied urban studies at Stanford University and earned a master’s in journalism at University of California at Berkeley. Follow her on twitter: @monicazlam

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