Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry

Ai Weiwei's activism has cost him his freedom repeatedly, but he never loses his childlike approach to serious dissidence executed with a wink.

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Series
Independent Lens
Premiere Date
February 25, 2013
Length
90 minutes
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    2012 Nantucket Film Festival-Best Storytelling in a Documentary Film Award
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    2013 duPont Awards -Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award
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    2013 News and Documentary Emmy Awards-Outstanding Arts and Culture Programming
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    2013 News and Documentary Emmy Awards-Outstanding Editing: Documentary and Long Form
  • Producer/Director

    Alison Klayman

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    The Film

    Ai Weiwei is arguably the most internationally celebrated Chinese artist of the modern era. The inscrutable bearded visionary burst onto the scene with vast conceptual installations such as his eight million hand-painted ceramic sunflower seeds inside Tate Modern, and went on to design the iconic Bird’s Nest stadium for the Beijing Olympics. But at heart, Ai Weiwei is a troublemaker with a serious agenda: to challenge the oppression of the Chinese people by their government with rebellious and irreverent gestures. His activism has cost him his freedom repeatedly, but he never seems to lose his childlike approach to serious dissidence executed with a wink.

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