Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry

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  • 2012 duPont-Columbia Award
  • 2012 National Board of Review's Top 5 Documentaries
  • 2012 Sundance Film Festival Special Jury Prize
  • About the Film

    Artist Ai Weiwei points camera at photographer, who is not seen

    China’s most internationally well-known artist is also its most famous dissident. Ai Weiwei uses his conceptual art to challenge the government. Chinese authorities have responded by beating him up, bulldozing his newly built studio, holding him in secret detention for 81 days, and trying to mute his enormous presence in social media.

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  • Get the Latest on Ai Weiwei

    Ai Weiwei in front of wooden table with cat in background

    Want to keep up to date on what’s happening in Ai Weiwei’s life? There’s rarely a dull moment for this famed artist and activist. We’ve created a newsfeed to help you keep on top of his life, art, and interactions with government officials.

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  • Filmmaker Interview

    Filmmaker Alison Klayman with artist Ai Weiwei

    Filming a famous Chinese dissident in a land where he is a wanted man was both exhilarating and troubling for filmmaker Alison Klayman. “All of a sudden, for the first time, Ai Weiwei had disappeared. He was disconnected, with no phone, no Twitter, no contact with anyone. He had no voice.”


  • Activist Artist

    Ai Weiwei working on the computer

    In spite of the great dangers, Ai Weiwei has inspired others in China and abroad to take the charge through tweets, viral videos, and Weibo -- one of the largest social networks in China. We bring you some examples of their heroic digital activism.

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  • Talkback

    A protestor holds up posters displaying image of Ai Weiwei along with the words Missing: Demand the Release of Artist Ai Weiwei

    Ai Weiwei takes tremendous chances with his use of social media and art to call attention to governmental wrongdoings. If you lived in China, would you dare to speak up? To what extent would you go?

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