Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry - a documentary

Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry
Alison Klayman, USA, 2012, 91 minutes
In Chinese with English subtitles)

$50 Asia Society members;

$65 Non-members

July 24, 2013
Registration 6:15PM
Screening at 6:30PM
Post-screening Q&A with director in USA via Skype(Subject to director’s availability)

“I think (by seeing the film) the audience will first gain some knowledge about who I am and what kind of issues I am always concerned about as an artist.”
- Ai Weiwei

Named by ArtReview as the most powerful artist in the world, Ai Weiwei is one of China's most celebrated contemporary artist, and its most outspoken domestic critic. In April 2011, when Ai disappeared into police custody for three months, he quickly became China’s most famous missing person. Having first risen to international prominence in 2008 after helping design Beijing’s iconic Bird’s Nest Olympic Stadium and then publicly denouncing the Games as party propaganda, Ai’s critiques of China’s regime have ranged from playful photographs of his raised middle finger in front of Tiananmen Square to searing memorials of the more than 5,000 schoolchildren who died in shoddy government construction during the 2008 Sichuan earthquake. Against a backdrop of strict censorship, Ai’s witty use of the social media to inform his followers has turned him into an Internet champion.

First-time director Alison Klayman gained unprecedented access to the charismatic artist, as well as his family and others close to him, while working as a journalist in Beijing. This compelling documentary is the inside story of a passionate dissident for the digital age who inspires global audiences and blurs the boundaries of art and politics.

Alison Klayman is a freelance journalist and documentary filmmaker. While living in China from[masked], she produced radio and television feature stories for PBS Frontline, National Public Radio, AP Television and others. She also began shooting her debut documentary feature, AI WEIWEI: NEVER SORRY, following the artist/activist for two years and gaining unprecedented access to his life and work. The film was awarded a Special Jury Prize for Spirit of Defiance at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. Klayman grew up in the Philadelphia area and graduated from Brown University in 2006 with a degree in History. There she won both a C.V. Starr National Service Fellowship, and an Associated Press College Radio Award for General Reporting.

 

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  • Felix

    Great movie! Many thanks to cosmo for getting the tickets! We really appreciated that! Let us know if you got all the tickets paid for!

    1 · July 24, 2013

    • cosmo

      Yep I did. Thanks :)

      July 25, 2013

  • Renee P.

    Very interesting. Also really liked the Q&A session with the director at the end.

    July 25, 2013

  • Grace

    Thanks Cosmo for organizing this n helping get the tix especially. Really enjoy the documentary.

    1 · July 24, 2013

  • Jonathan L.

    Thanks Cosmos for organising. great documentary ! :-)

    1 · July 24, 2013

  • Vivian

    Sorry late as well ..be there in 5!!

    July 24, 2013

  • Grace

    Hey Cosmo sorry I am slightly late and am looking for the place now. Any number I can contact if I cannot find you at asia society entrance?

    July 24, 2013

  • Alicia

    Most likely I will have to work until late tomorrow. I will give up my spot for others who can make it. Sorry for any inconvenience caused :(

    July 23, 2013

    • cosmo

      :( Alicia, you cannot expect someone else to pick up your spot (for Ai Wei Wei - a documentary). Your RSVP is a commitment. I am helping to get the tickets and should not be absorbing the cost of you changing you mind at the last minute. :( :( :(

      July 24, 2013

    • Alicia

      I am sorry Cosmo :( I have an unexpected situation I need to take care of so I can't make it tonight. If you don't mind, could you please let me know your bank account number so I can pay you back? I'm very sorry :(

      July 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Yes. One ticket for me pls..

    July 24, 2013

    • cosmo

      :( Christine, I am sorry, but you are still responsible for paying for the ticket (for Ai Wei Wei - a documentary). Your RSVP is a commitment. I am helping to get the tickets and should not be absorbing the cost of you changing you mind at the last minute. :( :( :(

      July 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey Cosmo,
    Is it too late to join tomorrows show? Perhaps as a sub of Khendi?

    July 23, 2013

    • cosmo

      Yes, we have extra spots because of Khendi, Alicia and Mail. Please RSVP if you can make it

      July 24, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Cool. I'm in.. Will rsvp now..

      July 24, 2013

  • cosmo

    Tickets are bought for you and your friends. Please show up at the show on time (we meet at 6:00pm). Thank you.

    July 20, 2013

    • Phoebe

      *is

      July 23, 2013

    • cosmo

      Yes, we have extra spots because of Khendi, Alicia and Mail. Please RSVP if you can make it

      July 24, 2013

  • cosmo

    Hi, I have to pay to hold tickets because this show very popular. Please RSVP no if you are NOT going by Saturday. Otherwise you are expected to show and pay. Thanks!

    July 19, 2013

    • Mal B.

      Brilliant thank you :-) I'm really looking forward to this, it looks like a wonderful documentary.

      1 · July 19, 2013

  • Reni

    Cool, but can't make it this early due to work

    July 18, 2013

  • Alexandra S.

    Hi, Cosmo, should we buy the ticket now ?

    July 17, 2013

  • Tatiana A.

    Excellent documentary!!! Dont miss it

    1 · July 9, 2013

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