Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry The Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei has achieved a prominence that makes him, in effect, the Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn of the Twitter age. He's also… R PT91M IFC Films
Movie Review

Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry

MPAA Rating: R
AI WEIWEI: NEVER SORRY Ai Weiwei
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AI WEIWEI: NEVER SORRY Ai Weiwei
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Details Rated: R; Length: 91 Minutes; Distributor: IFC Films

The Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei has achieved a prominence that makes him, in effect, the Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn of the Twitter age. He's also the least stuffy of dissidents, and Alison Klayman's stirring, important documentary catches his complex humanity. For years Ai has been allowed to express himself — in conceptual art, Internet docs, and merrily moralistic tweets — due to the political reform in China (though he's aware he could be jailed at any time, and has been). Yet he insists on illuminating the darkest corners of what is still a dictatorship. Klayman spent months with Ai in his Beijing home studio, and also in London and Munich, where he stages art shows of stunning vastness. He radiates a mischievous sense of the absurdity — and necessity — of one man tossing stones at a regime this gigantic. A

Originally posted Jul 25, 2012 Published in issue #1218 Aug 03, 2012 Order article reprints