Watch Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry

"Can an artist change China?"

Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry is a documentary film that was released in 2012 about the noted Chinese artist named Al Weiwei. Al Weiwei is also known for his political activism. Al Weiwei has always been a famous artist but recently his political activities have begun to get him international attention. Al Weiwei was imprisoned by Chinese officials for his activism and the film follows him up until he gets out of jail. The film opens by showing his artistic side, including the installation of pieces in famous galleries worldwide and his creative process inside his studio.

The film shows the complexities and difficulties faced by an activist working against the Chinese government. Artists and activists in China face a lot of oppression from the government and Al Weiwei is no exception. Police chase him down at an airport and viciously beat him. There is even a scene where government agents destroy his art studio. Weiwei had been sharing his studio with forty cats who adore him. The Chinese government also tries to put a stop to Weiwei’s online presence. They shut down his popular blog that he uses to get people to contribute to his art projects. He tries to start a Twitter account but the government follows him there and puts an end to it. The poster of the film shows Al Weiwei flipping the bird at an official government building and his subversive attitude is really what keeps him going.

Alison Klayman, who directed the film, interviews many of Al Weiwei’s family members. They all discuss the difficulties that Weiwei faces trying to perform his art and activism. Weiwei is an eccentric character and many of his art pieces are not at all traditional. He completes one work that is basically all the names of people killed in an earthquake.

| 2012 | 1 hr 31 min | 7.6/10 | 81/100
Weiwei Ai, Dan Ai, Lao Ai, Lee Ambrozy
IFC Films
Alison Klayman

Also directed by Alison Klayman

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