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Directed by Alison Klayman

United States 2012 91 mins.

Ai Weiwei is China’s most famous international artist and its most outspoken domestic critic. Against a backdrop of strict censorship and an unresponsive legal system, Ai expresses himself and organizes people through art and social media. In response, Chinese authorities have taken many steps to muzzle his provocations, including curtailing his internet access, beating him up, bulldozing his newly built studio, and holding him in secret detention. Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry is the inside story of a defiant, digital-age dissident who inspires global audiences and blurs the boundaries of art and politics. From 2008-2010, director Alison Klayman gained unprecedented access to Ai while working as a journalist in China, and her detailed portrait provides a nuanced exploration of contemporary China and one of its most compelling public figures. “I feel like a chess player. My opponent makes a move and then I make the next one.”—Ai Weiwei.

Genres: Documentary



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