Ai Weiwei is China’s most famous international artist, and 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. Chinese authorities, in response, shut down his blog, beat him up, bulldoze his newly built studio, and hold him in secret detention.
AI WEIWEI 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.
China Documentary — 2012 — 1hr 31min