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MUST SEE! An Extraordinary Documentary for Our Global Age,
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This review is from: Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry (DVD)
This documentary is one of the greatest documentaries of our global times and is essential viewing for everyone, even if you are not that interested in China or don't know who `Ai Wei Wei' is. After watching this, you will come to understand how important a figure he is, not just for Chinese citizens, but for the sake of the global community because of the grave dangers of the rising power of the nation of China and its abuses of human rights, freedom of speech, thoughts, beliefs and expression which are fundamental rights for every living person in the world today.
Watching it will touch a great span of emotions from fear to courage, from disillusionment to hope, and from tears to laughter; it will unveil actions from the barbaric to thoughtful ones based on the love for humanity; it will express the light-hearted humour that delights the youthful spirit in all of us against a backdrop of the grimness of politics seeped in corruption; and reveals the power of creativity that sparks spontaneously under an umbrella of suppression, fear and injustice.
In face of heavy challenges that most people can only imagine, Ai Wei Wei keeps moving forward one step ahead of a mechanical, inhumane authoritarian Communist Party government like a grand chess champion. He admits he is scared, but is defiant that there can be no retreat as there is real danger and if he does not keep pushing forward, the danger will only become greater. One thing he does not know or admit, is that the government is in greater fear for what Ai Wei Wei's courage, wit, wisdom and dogged determination will do by unveiling to the public for all to see using the marvels of modern technology such as social media - not just for the Chinese public, but for the whole international public to scrutinize (esp. now that this documentary is available for all to see).
The Chinese Communist Party is using all its manipulative, corrupt and deceiving tactics to control its citizens through propaganda, threats and violence, but this kind of archaic regime has no place in today's modern, global community where human rights should be respected and governments should no longer be able to hide behind an opaque screen to hide its corruption. Transparency such as what this documentary unveils is the only way such a suppressive regime can be forced to face itself and change for the better. Everyone in the international community needs to stand up and to keep speaking out against these injustices and abuses which has gone on for far too long.
I have already ordered two DVDs myself for future viewings - something I have never done with any other DVD release, and will encourage as many people as I can to see it.
By watching `Never Sorry', you will suddenly awaken to a whole new dimension of gratitude to the liberty that you take for granted each day and you will empathise for those living in certain countries who are still fighting for theirs. I gave a standing ovation to Ai Wei Wei for his courage and ability to listen to his conscience within to act against overwhelming forces. 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.