AI WEIWEI: NEVER SORRY (35mm)
Dir. Alison Klayman (2012); China, 91m
Starring: Ai Weiwei, Dan Ai, Lao Ai
Mandarin with English Subtitles
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16TH AT 7:00PM & 9:30PM
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17TH AT 7:00PM & 9:30PM
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 18TH AT 3:00PM
“Freedom is a pretty strange thing. Once you’ve experienced it, it remains in your heart, and no one can take it away,” proclaims Ai Weiwei. As an independent artist outside of the political affiliations of China, Weiwei’s art and activism is undoubtedly linked and seeks to interrogate the nature of truth in China. Persevering through multiple unsolicited demolitions of his art studio (2011 and again in August 2018), crushing blows to any artist especially one of his caliber, Weiwei manages to come back from the ashes like a phoenix. Director Alison Klayman’s unprecedented access to Weiwei presents the artist’s social and artistic plight against the censorship of the Chinese government. His resilience against governmental oppression in the forms of physical abuse, imprisonment, and constant tracking have yet to silence him.