Saying Ai Weiwei is an artist and political activist is an understatement. He is one of the few outspoken people challenging China’s authoritative grip on its citizens’ basic human rights. And for that, he is an extraordinary human being. Alison Klayman‘s documentary Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry records these ongoing battles, and subsequent battle scars, of the man referred to as the “Ai God”. Official synopsis can be read as follows:
“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 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.”
Watch the extended teaser embedded at the bottom of this page!