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"Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry" film screening Nov. 8

11/06/2012

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei (photo courtesy Alison Klayman)
Chinese artist Ai Weiwei (photo courtesy Alison Klayman)
A film screening of “Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry” will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, in room 100 of the art building.

Winner of 10 international film festival awards this year, including the Human Rights Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival and Internationale Filmefestpiele Berlin, “Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry” documents recent events surrounding the celebrated and most controversial artist in China, Ai Weiwei.

Ai Weiwei is China's most famous international artist, and its most outspoken domestic critic. Against a backdrop of strict censorship and an unresponsive legal system, Ai expresses himself and organizes people through art and social media. In response, Chinese authorities have shut down his blog, beat him up, bulldozed his newly built studio, and held him in secret detention.


“Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry” is the inside story of a “dissident for the digital age” who inspires global audiences and blurs the boundaries of art and politics. First-time director Alison Klayman gained unprecedented access to Ai while working as a journalist in China. Her film provides a portrait of contemporary China and one of its most compelling public figures.

The film, free and open to the public, is sponsored by the department of art, the Center for American and World Cultures, and the East Asian studies committee.

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