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 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.
Director/Producer/Cinematographer: Alison Klayman
Producer: Adam Schlesinger
Executive Producers: Andrew Cohen, Julie Goldman, Karl Katz
Contributing Producer: Colin Jones
Editor: Jen Fineran
Music By: Ilan Isakov
FESTIVAL PREMIERE & AWARDS
Sundance Film Festival: 2012 Premiere
Sundance Film Festival: 2012 Special Jury Prize
Emmy Awards Nominee: 2014 Outstanding Arts & Culture Programming
Emmy Awards Nominee: 2014 Outstanding Editing
National Board of Review, USA: 2012 Top Five Documentaries
Directors Guild of America, USA: Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary Nominee
Shortlisted for 2013 Academy Award for Best Feature Documentary