WATCH | SUPPORT: ‘ai weiwei: never sorry’ documentary trailer

20Mar12

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Last year, I was ecstatic to visit LACMA for Ai Wei Wei’s Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads sculptures, which I posted tons of pictures of on my Pisaca album.

This summer, I am excited to check out a documentary on the Chinese political dissident Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry  by first-time director Alison Klayman.  Celebrated (and despised) as China’s “most famous international artist, and its most outspoken domestic critic,” he is often referred to as “Ai God” to the Chinese or “Ai Fans.” More info from the doc’s official website:

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 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. 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.

I don’t know the exact date of when the doc will be made available in the states but it’s slated for a summer 2012 theatrical release and currently making rounds at various film festivals. It was announced today that the documentary will open the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival

I love art and people who don’t give a fu¢k. Combine those two and I am a fan. More specifically, people who are not afraid to speak up and go against the grain in the name of their country. People who reveal the truths in lies and refuse to be silenced by their oppressors.

I implore you to watch the video below and see what I’m talking about. And I hope you buy a movie ticket and head to the theaters when the film is made available in your city in support of Ai Weiwei’s movement and struggle for freedom of speech.

Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry Website: http://www.aiweiweineversorry.com/index.html 
Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry Twitter:
@AWWNeverSorry
Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry Facebook fan page: https://www.facebook.com/awwneversorry

Ai Weiwei’s Twitter:
@aiww

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One Response to “WATCH | SUPPORT: ‘ai weiwei: never sorry’ documentary trailer”

  1. thank you so much, lanora!


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