Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry

Friday, July 27, 2012

Director Alison Klayman discusses her documentary “Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry,” an up-close look at renowned Chinese artist and dissident Ai Weiwei and his ongoing battle with the Chinese government. Ai Weiwei is China's most celebrated contemporary artist, who helped design Beijing’s Bird’s Nest Olympic Stadium, and its most outspoken domestic critic. Against a backdrop of strict censorship, Ai has become a kind of Internet champion, using his blog and Twitter stream to organize, inform, and inspire his followers, becoming an underground hero to millions of Chinese citizens. “Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry” opens July 27 at the Lincoln Plaza Cinemas and IFC Center.

Comments [4]

For the record, this is a very slight, mediocre film. I saw it last year at a special screening, hoping for more insight into AWW's art, character, and context than we'd gotten in the headlines, but learned little. While Ms. Klayman was lucky to get access, a different director might have mined the material more deeply and made more of it.

Jul. 27 2012 01:48 PM
BK from Hoboken

Can WNYC do a better job at scheduling their guests with other NPR shows broadcast on WNYC? This guest was just on The Takeaway this morning.

Jul. 27 2012 01:13 PM
Sean from Brooklyn

Can your guest please comment on the perception of Ai Weiwei from the POV of the Chinese population? On a recent trip to China I was told that many people felt he was only interested in fame and would do anything to get publicity and attention. This was the first time I'd heard disparaging comments about his activism.

Jul. 27 2012 01:10 PM
Mr. Chuck Faraci

I am an avid supporter of his work and his cause. I am a university Academic English teacher in Asia. Ai Weiwei is one of my heroes! It is unthinkable that a man of his good character and stature should be treated so terribly in his home country. He should be treated as a national hero for China! But the regime in charge chooses to try to squash him instead of embrace him. This shows the regime is "running scared" with no other recourse. The world is watching China. I am so happy to see this film released in my home state of Minnesota.

Jul. 26 2012 08:54 PM

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