Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry (SIFF 2012)

This documentary follows the life, art, and political activism of Ai Weiwei, one of China’s most notable contemporary artists. Ai Weiwei really came into the public eye during the 2008 Summer Olympics held in Beijing, China. He was chosen to collaborate on the design of the “Bird’s Nest” stadium, but then publicly criticized the Chinese government for what he called putting on a “fake smile” for the foreign tourists by forcibly removing destitute Chinese citizens and spreading government propaganda.

Weiwei’s life has always been immersed in both art and politics. His father was the famous Chinese poet Ai Qing, and he also had run-ins with the Chinese government due to his oppositional views. Weiwei followed in his father’s footsteps by pursuing the freedoms he found in art and trying to bring those same freedoms to his countrymen. He is known for being outspoken, straightforward, and unapologetic both in his art installations and in his activist work, which he often sees as one and the same.

It is refreshing to see an artist so open about his work and his life, allowing cameras and reporters access to his offices, studios, and even his home life. I found this to be a fascinating and informative piece and I highly recommend seeing it!

Provided Film Synopsis
This intimate portrait of one of China's most compelling public figures follows the activist-artist and social media revolutionary through his creative process, as well as his increasingly contentious run-ins with Chinese authorities.

Movie Details

  • Directed By:

    • Allison Klayman
  • Cast Members:

  • Countries:

    • China
    • USA
  • Languages:

    • Chinese
    • English
  • Genres:

    • Biopic
    • Documentary
    • Political