Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry

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R (for some language)
Running time:
90 minutes

The film 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 to Ai Weiwei. Klayman documented Ai's artistic process in preparation for major museum exhibitions, his intimate exchanges with family members and his increasingly public clashes with the Chinese government. Klayman's detailed portrait of the artist provides a nuanced exploration of contemporary China and one of its most compelling public figures.

Release date:
July 27, 2012
Quick review:
Philadelphia journalist Alison Klayman’s winning film debut is a transformative documentary about China’s most famous artist and dissident Ai Weiwei, who gained international attention when he helped design the spectacular Bird’s Nest stadium for the 2008 Olympics, then called for a boycott of the event. His relentless, aggressive efforts to uncover governmental malfeasance lead to his sudden arrest and mysterious 81-day confinement in 2011.