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Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry

Posted by martinteller on March 12, 2013

Pretty straightforward documentary about the Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, who transforms his art into activism and vice versa.  He’s a true 21st century artist.  In speaking out against an oppressive and unjust government, he posts regularly on his blog, Tweets just about everything, and bravely documents his dealings with authorities with handheld cameras.  His signature pose is extending the middle finger, and he boldly speaks out in ways that get him noticed… by the art community, the Chinese government, and the world at large.  But behind the political anger of his work is optimism, a belief that his efforts can make his country a better place.

As a documentary, there’s not much to say about it.  Director Alison Klayman could have done a better job structuring the film… it doesn’t have a particular build to it, and one gets the feeling that we’re only scratching the surface of the artist and his work.  I also can’t help wondering if the film shouldn’t have been delayed a few months, as it ends in the middle of an interesting situation for Ai.  But it serves well as an introduction to the man and is consistently interesting.  I have mixed feelings about his artwork, but he himself is a bright and engaging personality.  Nothing about the film is annoying or amateurish.  Rating: Good (75)


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