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Documentary - Completed 2012

The inside story of internationally acclaimed Chinese artist, Ai Weiwei, a dissident for the digital age who inspires global audiences and blurs the boundaries of art and politics.

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Festival de Cannes 2012
Doc Corner
    • Year of production
    • 2012
    • Genres
    • Documentary
    • Countries
    • USA
    • Languages
    • Duration
    • 91 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Alison KLAYMAN
    • Writer(s)
    • Alison KLAYMAN
    • Producer(s)
    • Synopsis
    • Meet Ai Weiwei, one of the world’s greatest contemporary artists and the most powerful dissident of the digital age. Having inspired audiences worldwide with his art, he has become a revolutionary figure at home, harnessing the power of the internet to demand democratic reform in his native China. To a whole new generation of liberalised Chinese, this talented agent provocateur is a prophet of change.
      In an uplifting, inspirational film, director Alison Klayman pits him against the giant machine of the Chinese State. She shadows Ai around the world for three years whilst he begins to jeopardise his status as the most exalted Chinese artist, openly mocking the regime via his paintings, tweets and blogs. These gestures are not appreciated in Bejing, and in a move which provokes widespread international condemnation, he is held prisoner by the Chinese government in early 2011. He remains defiant. AI WEIWEI: NEVER SORRY gives us a portrait of one of the key characters of the early 21st century, a man who believes that art and human freedom are inextricably intertwined. He will never stop provoking his oppressors in the pursuit of a better world, no matter what the consequences.