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Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry

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Producers Alison Klayman, Adam Schlesinger

Synopsis

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 have 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.

About The Team

Alison Klayman (Director, Producer, Cinematographer) Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry is Alison Klayman’s debut feature documentary, which she directed, produced, filmed and co-edited. She is a recipient of the Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia Award for Excellence in Broadcasting, and a Special Jury Prize at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. The Director’s Guild of America also nominated her for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary. She was a Sundance Documentary Fellow and one of Filmmaker Magazine‘s 25 New Faces of Independent Film. She has been a guest on The Colbert Report, as well as CNN and NPR. Klayman lived in China for four years working as a freelance journalist. She speaks Mandarin and Hebrew, and graduated from Brown University in 2006.

Adam Schlesinger (Producer) is an award-winning independent film producer based in New York. He produced the Sundance Film Festival selections: Smash His Camera, which won for Best Director; Page One: Inside the New York Times; and God Grew Tired of Us, winner of the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award.