‘Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry’ Tells Controversial Artist’s Story

Filmmaker Alison Klayman's gained unprecedented access to Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei in the creation of her first documentary.

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Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry

Documentary film by Alison Klayman; Lecture - Sept 6-3:00pm


IU Cinema

Sept 6 @ 6:30pm, Sept 7 @ 9:30, Sept 8 @ 3:00pm

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Alison Klayman

IU Cinema

A special presentation of Alison Klayman’s film Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry comes as part of the Jorgensen Guest Filmmaker Lecture series, as well as a collaboration with IU’s Themester 2012: Good Behavior, Bad Behavior: Molecules to Morality. Klayman, the film’s director, will speak on September 6.

Ai Weiwei is a Chinese visual artist internationally known for his dissent of the Chinese government. His iconic work has been subject to strict censorship and reprimand from Chinese authorities. Never Sorry gives an inside perspective of dissent in the digital age from an artist who questions the boundary between art and politics.

Journalist and documentarian Alison Klayman directed the film. Klayman was given exclusive access to Ai Weiwei while working in China. Never Sorry received a Special Jury Prize from the Sundance Film Festival in 2012.

“Politics aside, you can’t help but walk away inspired by the courage and creativity of this man,” IU Cinema Director Jon Vickers said. “This film is challenging the notion of what is good and bad.”

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