He helped design Beijing’s Bird’s Nest stadium for the 2008 Olympics, filled the Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall with 100 million ceramic sunflower seeds and uncovered the government-suppressed names of thousands of schoolchildren killed in the Sichuan earthquake. Ai Weiwei is China’s most famous international artist, and its most outspoken domestic critic. Against a backdrop of strict censorship and an unresponsive legal system, Ai expresses himself and organizes people through art and social media. In response, Chinese authorities have shut down his blog, beat him up, bulldozed his newly built studio, and held him in secret detention. AI WEI WEI: 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. First-time director Alison Klayman gained unprecedented access to Ai while working as a journalist in China. Her detailed portrait provides a nuanced exploration of contemporary China and one of its most compelling public figures. It’s a truly enthralling experience. In Mandarin with English subtitles and in English. Unrated. 91 Min.
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