Ai WeiWei: Never Sorry
Director: Alison Klayman
Ai Weiwei is known for many things—great architecture, subversive in-your-face art, and political activism. He has also called for greater transparency on the part of the Chinese state. Director Alison Klayman chronicles the complexities of Ai’s life for three years, beginning with his rise to public prominence via blog and Twitter after he questioned the deaths of more than 5,000 students in the 2008 Sichuan earthquake. The record continues through his widely publicized arrest in Beijing in April of 2011. As Ai prepares various works of art for major international exhibitions, his activism heats up, and his run-ins with China’s authorities become more and more frequent.
In this unprecedented look at Ai and those close to him, Klayman’s camera captures his forthrightness and unequivocal stance. She gives a larger picture of the artist as an individual, a symbol of China’s oppression, and a powerful voice against a country that still denies its citizens many basic freedoms.
U.S. Documentary Special Jury Prize for Spirit of Defiance
(Archives note: see also Alison Klayman's Meet The Artist interview on our YouTube Channel.)
- Section: U.S. Documentary Competition
- Film Type: U.S. Documentary Feature Films
- Country: U.S.A./China
- Language: English and Mandarin
- Run Time: 91 min.