Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry (2012)
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Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry is the first feature-length film about the internationally renowned Chinese artist and activist, Ai Weiwei. In recent years, Ai has garnered international attention as much for his ambitious artwork as his political provocations. From 2008 to 2010, Beijing-based journalist and filmmaker Alison Klayman gained unprecedented access to Ai Weiwei. Klayman documented Ai's artistic process in preparation for major museum exhibitions, his intimate exchanges with family members and
Jul 27, 2012 Limited
Dec 3, 2012
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A fascinating portrait of a modern artist and activist trying to make a difference within China's repressive political system.
The film's recurring theme is of an artist on a perpetual hunt for transparency, in his country and abroad.
A movie that somehow mixes apprehension for Ai with a feeling of warmth and, certainly, fun.
Affable and unpretentious, Ai comes across as a cagey operator whose candor is very appealing.
It's likely to change the way you think about art and politics and the state of China today.
Using archival footage dating back to Ai's adventures in the New York art world in his 20s, Klayman traces his evolution as a creator and as an activist.
To say Ai Weiwei is an interesting character is an understatement. He is an unconventional social activist and a thorn in the side of the authoritarian Chinese Communist Party.
Ai Weiwei is such a laid back, calm and yet mischievous spirit that the film takes on a whole different, almost joyous tone.
Klayman never demonizes the authoritarian Chinese government, as her purpose seems to be to show how difficult it is to be a rebel in such a closed society as China.
A compelling documentary that explodes proper and stuffy notions of what a foreign intellectual dissident looks and sounds like.
The struggle for free speech in China is given sharp, sobering, disturbing voice through the struggles of cutting edge, digitally savvy, Twitter-loving artist Ai Weiwei.
Alison Klayman's remarkable film about China's leading 'digital dissident' fully illustrates the talents of a man who often does the opposite of what you'd expect.
... straightforward, entertaining and provocative documentary about the titular Chinese artist
Even if you don't like documentaries as a rule, I'm betting you'll like Ai Weiwei himself so much that you'll be glad you took the time to get to know him through this film.
Klayman deserves a lot of credit for being in the right place at the right time with the right person. Ai is a treat to follow around, and his courage is clearly more than a pose.
An unprecedented inside look at Chinese politics and a fascinating tour of modern art at the same time.
A powerful film that teaches us as much about ourselves as it does it's subject, "Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry," is a sure bet to be nominated for an Oscar come January 2013.
This riveting documentary deserves consideration for year-end awards. Klayman gained unprecedented access to this very photogenic man with a dynamic personality.
A lively, informative, funny and inspirational portrait of a courageous, charismatic, highly original man.
His willingness to speak out despite severe consequences is inspiring, and his recent silence speaks almost as loudly as his work in calling attention to China's repressive tactics.
This essential, finely honed biographical portrait is jollied along by all the ironies and complexities of modern China.
Who doesn't hate it when critics say, "this is an important documentary you must see!" Well, Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry is a critically important documentary you need to see.
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