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Art for Human Rights: Ai Weiwei

Sunday, November 11, 2012
4:30 p.m. Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry
Alison Klayman (U.S./China, 2012)

Introduction/Jeff Kelley


Art critic Jeff Kelley is currently editing a collection of Ai Weiwei’s writings for UC Press.

In conjunction with our Art for Human Rights program, we present Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, the first feature-length film about the internationally renowned Chinese artist and activist. Director Alison Klayman, an American freelance journalist who was based in Beijing between 2008 and 2010, gained unprecedented access to the artist, documenting his working method, political activism, personal life, and rise to stardom. The film examines Ai’s increasingly public clashes with the government and his use of social networking to communicate his positions on such matters as the 2008 Sichuan earthquake and freedom of speech. Klayman says, “I have always believed that the story of the dissident artist Ai Weiwei is not about how censorship stifles creativity, but rather how one artist is able to work around such obstacles.”


• Photographed by Alison Klayman. With Ai Weiwei, Ai Dan, Ai Lao, Lee Ambrozy. (91 mins, In English and Mandarin with English subtitles, Color, 35mm, From IFC Films)