Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry15
- Alison Klayman
- In English, Mandarin
- 91 mins
Alison Klayman’s documentary is an in-depth profile of Chinese avant-garde artist and activist Ai Weiwei whose outspoken politics have made him known the world over. Klayman spent three years alongside Ai Weiwei, filming both his artistic creativity and his international struggle for freedom of expression in China, and she distilled this feature-length portrait from one hundred hours of footage. This engrossing documentary is a celebration of one of the foremost thinkers and artists of our time.
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Country: US, China
Subtitles: Partial English
Last shown at Cornerhouse on Thu 23rd Aug 2012
Klayman exploits the opportunity to follow a man at the eye of a cultural and political storm [...] Compelling.
A Sundance special jury winner, Alison Klayman’s debut doc is a remarkable portrait of a portrait of a remarkable artist [...] The finale, as Ai’s Twitter tirades lead to a serious human-rights breach, will make your blood boil. ****
Ai is an appealingly tranquil screen presence, but there is nothing placid about his commitment to testing the limits of the ruling party’s censorship laws, not to mention the patience of its underlings. ****