Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry 2012 R

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From 2008 to 2010, Beijing-based journalist and filmmaker Alison Klayman gained unprecedented access to internationally renowned Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei. Klayman documented Ai's artistic process in preparation for major museum exhibitions and his increasingly public clashes with the Chinese government.

Weiwei Ai, Dan Ai
1 hour, 32 minutes

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Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry

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Genres Documentary
Director Alison Klayman
Starring Weiwei Ai, Dan Ai
Supporting actors Lao Ai, Lee Ambrozy, Danqing Chen, Ethan Cohen, Boyi Feng, Ying Gao, Changwei Gu, Yunchang He, Tehching Hsieh, Kankan Huang, Huang Hung, Zhanyang Li, Yanping Liu, Qing Lu, Evan Osnos, RongRong, Karen Smith, Phil Tinari
Studio IFC Films
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
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This film is an interesting look at one of the worlds biggest contemporary artists.
Kyle Clark
Let's support him by assisting in whatever way we can in bringing democracy to the people of China and for a more peaceful world.
We can, like Ai Weiwei, stand up with our middle fingers and say we are and never will be sorry for doing so.
shaun brammer

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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Jay B. Lane TOP 1000 REVIEWER on September 24, 2012
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What a fascinating story! Ai Weiwei is the Chinese Artist/Dissident who boycotted the 2008 Chinese Olympics as a protest against the government's treatment of the people displaced by the Bird's-Nest Stadium in Beijing (he had been an artist/consultant for the project). After people's homes were condemned and demolished, they were hustled out of town for the duration of the Olympics because they weren't acceptable photo ops for visitors.

As he mastered the power of social network tools (he LOVES the Internet!), the government shut down his blog but he switched to Twitter and went to the site of the horrific Sichuan earthquake, where almost 5,000 school children died in shoddily built schools. Weiwei and his acolytes were on the spot, video cameras and cell phones in constant use. They gathered every name (most victims were an only child) and not only posted them on the wall in his studio, he coordinated an amazing project where people from everywhere contacted his Twitter site and each person read off a name, one by one, for everyone to hear and remember. It is phenomenal.

This guy is the perfect topic for a documentary: he spent 10 years in New York City, mastered English (he has an admirable vocabulary!), learned to love corned beef sandwiches, and watched the U. S. Government sue itself during the Iran/Contra hearings. He went back to China suitably impressed. He has observed that some of his stray cats have learned to open doors (with the lever-type door knob), but that they NEVER shut the door afterwards! While he was under police surveillance, he had his own cameraman shooting footage of the police cameraman; and of course, there is a third cameraman recording their encounter for posterity. It's pretty funny!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Nancy Jo Merritt on September 19, 2012
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The Ai Wei Wei movie, Never Sorry, is eyeopening for those who care about Art. After viewing it, I knew I would be thinking about it for a long time. Ai Wei Wei is a man of enormous energy and charisma and charm mixed with real intelligence, whose art is more than pictures or color or shape, but includes action and response and challenge. And, a call to action. To watch him respond to the mindless bureaucratic enforcement of a police state is dazzling and comic and moving. The intelligence of his response is eye-opening and just amazing. And, the Sunflower Seeds exhibit at the Tate were revealed to be an emotionally moving work of art.
I long to find a dvd, which I assume must vecome available because I want everyone I know to see it. Never Sorry captured me. Not only is AWW a rare individual, he raises issues of cultural history, activism, politics, and really, the breadth of Art. I was struck by thinking, despite his family history, Chinese politics and our reaction to both, that in some way AWW, as an artist, was very much formed by his years in New York city. The sense that a powerful artist can connect cultures via Art and maybe move the politics of a nation, suggests, wildly positively, that art is human and universal in the best senses of both words.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Adi on December 8, 2012
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There are always people criticize Ai weiwei as one nothing special old man but do all kinds of ridiculous actions to attract attention and fame and such. In this film, you can see how he indeed puts his life into what he think he should stand up, even the opposed side is a powerful, unpredictable giant. Ai weiwei does not say anything too vague or use any special smart words, and like his artworks, they are simply clear, direct, bold and powerful. China should be thankful that they have Ai weiwei as a Chinese artist, who care about the country, like other active artists, politicians, writers, and people who put effort for a better society where people are free to express. This film is not just for artistic people, is for everybody, the common folks, it will make you to question about the essence of human right and life.
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"Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry" explores the recent life and politics of Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, who came to international fame in 2008 when he repudiated the Olympic Games in Beijing, even though he had contributed to the architectural design of its "Bird's Nest" stadium. Filmmaker Alison Klayman focuses on the years since then, as this is when Ai entered the public consciousness, though she does explore the artist's background in interviews with his brother and mother and a report on the time he spent in New York in the 1980s. Ai's recent political causes are interwoven with explorations of his art and a personal portrait. Klayman had very good access to Ai Weiwei, and he generally seems forthcoming, but the film's lack of focus and unwillingness to ask intelligent questions make it more of a fan documentary than an informative one.

Ai Weiwei came to the attention of Chinese as a political figure not long before he erupted onto the international scene as a "dissident artist", when he blogged about the lack of transparency surrounding the substandard schoolhouse construction that killed so many children when the buildings collapsed as a result of the Sichuan earthquake in May 2008. The Chinese government shut down his blog and put him under surveillance, so Ai turned to Twitter, where he has been posting politically charged tweets ever since. Ai attempted to testify at the trial of Tan Zuoren, another earthquake activist sentenced to prison for his writings, but was prevented from doing so by police who detained him at his hotel and gave him a head injury, for which he persistently seeks justice through the Chinese bureaucracy. These events are covered in the film.

Artists, art critics, journalists and some famous Chinese personalities contribute their views of Ai Weiwei.
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