By Laura Sands |
August 17, 2012 |
The 2012 Heartland Truly Moving Picture Award-winning documentary film Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry will be screened at IU Cinema three separate times September 6-8. The director, Alison Klayman, will be in attendance on Thursday the 6th! Listen to our July interview with her now.
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.
We would like to thank IU Cinema for displaying the Heartland Truly Moving Picture Award laurel over the Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry listing in its newly released Fall Program (page 50).
By Greg Sorvig |
July 27, 2012 |
A great documentary wakes you up to an important topic. That’s what artist Ai Weiwei has been doing his entire life with his evocative pictures that harshly questions the Chinese government. This year first time director, Alison Klayman, focused on this powerful man with the film Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry.
The film never plays like a traditional biography documentary because the real triumph is how Ai Weiwei can inspire change in those who view his art. The film maintains a strong focus on what he’s been able to accomplish as an activist. He operates like a revolutionary through the way he can bring social justice through the means of Twitter and other forms of non-aggression.
The documentary becomes even timelier when during the course of filming, dramatic events occur to Ai Weiwei causing him to stop producing his art. All of the opposition is so powerful that it makes Ai Weiwei seem grander as he continues to fight for his home.
The Truly Moving Picture Award jury was blown away by this film. Beyond finding it inspirational and informative, one jury member said “this was probably the best documentary I’ve seen at Heartland.” Another member said it was “fascinating, frightening and totally compelling.” This is a film that can cause a lot of discussion about the role of non-violent protests and what one person can do in the face of injustice.
Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry is rated “R” for some language and is now playing in select theatres across the country. The film’s release schedule is as follows:
July 27, Limited Release – New York, San Francisco, Washington D.C.
August 3, Expanded:
- Palo Alto
- San Diego
- Santa Ana
- San Jose
You can hear a podcast of Heartland Film Festival’s artistic director Tim Irwin interviewing Alison Klayman here.