Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry (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.
Audience Reviews for Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry
Captivating documentary about a social activist of the people. It reveals his forthright manner that dumbfounds most Chinese, and his comic moments of "countering hooliganism with hooliganism"; also reveals that some of his art I think is bullshit and that he suffered from the same marital weaknesses that plagued other political leaders from Gandhi to Mandela to Clinton. Most of all, through interviews with his peers, volunteer employees and fans, the director has shown how much hope he has brought to many Chinese people -- how closely people look to him as a barometer for how far one can push the Communist Party for accountability. His defense of choice appears to be carrying a camera-phone and using it everywhere, reminding me of another documentary "Five Broken Cameras" and probably the same strategy used by many other intrepid justice-seekers today. PS: I was proud to see a Change.org petition in here!
A great documentary on a true brave soul..someone willing to shake the cage of the Chinese system and enduring the detentions and questioning by continuing to live in Beijing. Some questions remain a little uncovered however - how does a government critic wike Weiwei continue to be put in charge of important government projects? Just what the heck is that that home life really like?
Documentary about Ai Weiwei, a Chinese conceptual artist whose anti-establishment views (and specifically his quest to uncover the names of Sichuan earthquake victims, considered a state secret) lead him into conflict with the government. Interest flags a little bit when the doc discusses Weiwei's art and personal life rather than his political activism, but it is a peek at China's troubled human rights record and with an important and inspiring message about standing up to bullies.
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