Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry (15)
17 August - 23 August 2012
Chinaís most famous international artist Ai Weiwei is also its most outspoken domestic critic. Against a backdrop of strict censorship and an unresponsive legal system, Ai expresses himself and organises people through art and social media. In response, Chinese authorities have shut down his blog, beaten him up, bulldozed his newly built studio and held him in secret detention. Instrumental in designing Beijing's Bird's Nest stadium for the 2008 Olympics, he also 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. This new documentary, made with the full participation of the artist, presents a fascinating portrait of a man who is at once playful and political.
Going deep inside its subjectís world, Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry is the inside story of a dissident for the digital age who inspires global audiences and blurs the boundary between art and politics. First time director Klayman gained unprecedented access to Ai while working as a journalist in China. Her detailed portrait provides a nuanced exploration of the country and one of its most compelling public figures. This film is a must-see for anyone interested in freedom of speech, the power of art and the strength of an individual to speak out against injustice.