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AI WEIWEI: NEVER SORRY
Special Jury Prize NOMINATED Grand Jury Prize Sundance Film Fest
"Watching Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry is like experiencing a thrilling unfinished symphony" -Los Angeles Times
Critics' Pick! -New York Times
"An inspirational call to action" -Village Voice
"Inspiring and important... the film's greatest distinction is its intimacy" -Wall Street Journal
"Entertaining and polished...a movie that somehow mixes apprehension for Ai with a feeling of warmth and, certainly, fun" -Newsday
"This documentary is a welcome chance to get closer to his life and work" -TimeOut London
"The director's clear-minded approach allows her subject's more challenging aesthetic-political mix to shine through" -Slant Magazine
"As much as Never Sorry reveals about its central subject, it reveals just as much about the place where he lives, and the way demands for freedom find methods to limbo under oppression" -Onion AV Club
Recommended! -NewCity Chicago
"I don't think I am a dissident artist; I see them as a dissident government." Ai Weiwei
Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry is the first feature-length film about the internationally renowned Chinese artist and activist, Ai Weiwei. In recent years, Ai has garnered international attention as much for his ambitious artwork as his political provocations. Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry examines this complex intersection of artistic practice and social activism as seen through the life and art of China's preeminent contemporary artist. From 2008 to 2010, Beijing-based journalist and filmmaker Alison Klayman gained unprecedented access, documenting his artistic process in preparation for major museum exhibitions, intimate exchanges with family members and increasingly public clashes with the Chinese government. Her detailed portrait of the artist provides a nuanced exploration of contemporary China and one of its most compelling public figures. Whether tweeting an upraised middle finger to Chinese officials, getting beaten by police, or spelling out a poem with five thousand backpacks on the front of a Munich museum, Ai transmutes protest into a mind-expanding and sometimes brutally funny form of expression.
With perseverance and a steady hand, director Alison Klayman captures the passion and commitment of the man who best represents a China at war with its conscience. Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry is the inside story of a dissident for the digital age who inspires global audiences and blurs the boundaries of art and politics.
Directed by Alison Klayman, China/U.S.A., 2011, 91 mins. In English and Mandarin with English subtitles.