A scene from Ai's "Human Flow."
Photo courtesy of AC Films
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The family was exiled for 20 years, first near the Russian border and then in the northwestern province of Xinjiang, where his father had been sentenced to hard labor.The family was allowed to return to Beijing after Mao's death in 1976 and Ai moved to the U.S. for 12 years. After coming of age as an artist in early 1990s New York, he returned to Beijing, becoming an increasingly bold provocateur.Ai said the Trump administration had brought "shame on the fundamental beliefs of what this nation is made of," killing the U.S. reputation for "energy, imagination, creativity".The artist hopes his film will contribute to people seeing refugees as human beings.
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