China’s most famous international artist and staunchly outspoken domestic critic, Ai Weiwei, finds out June 22 if the Chinese government’s bail conditions for his imprisonment over the past year will be lifted. The subject of Alison Klayman’s Sundance and Berlinale doc “Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry,” the artist was incarcerated in June 2011 for speaking out against the Chinese government.
Sundance Selects acquired “Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry” in February following the film’s screening in Berlin, and has a July 27 limited release to coincide with the dissident’s planned first trip outside of China since his detainment. Tomorrow we’ll know if that trip is on schedule. More on the doc below:
Ai Weiwei is China’s most famous international artist and its most outspoken domestic critic. Against a backdrop of strict censorship and an unresponsive legal system, Ai expresses himself and organizes people through art and social media. In response, Chinese authorities have shut down his blog, beat him up, bulldozed his newly built studio, and held him in secret detention. AI WEIWEI: NEVER SORRY is the inside story of a dissident for the digital age who inspires global audiences and blurs the boundaries of art and politics. First-time director Alison Klayman gained unprecedented access to Ai while working as a journalist in China. Her detailed portrait provides a nuanced exploration of contemporary China and one of its most compelling public figures.