After 81 days of solitary detention world famous Chinese artist Ai Weiwei is put under house arrest. He suffers from sleeping disorder and memory loss, 18 cameras are monitoring his studio and home, police agents follow his every move, and heavy restrictions from the Kafkaesque Chinese authorities weigh him down. Picking up where Alison Klayman’s Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry left off, AI WEIWEI THE FAKE CASE is more explicitly political, reflecting Ai’s battle against the gigantic lawsuit thrust upon him by the Chinese government in an effort to silence him. Ai Weiwei is shaken, but during his year on probation he steadily finds new ways to provoke and challenge the mighty powers of the Chinese authorities in his fight for human rights and free expression. The film also features the creation of S.A.C.R.E.D., a new work depicting Ai’s time in prison, which premiered during the Venice Biennale and is now on view at the Brooklyn Museum.
The director Andreas Johnsen gained intimate access to Ai's environment after the unlawful 81-day detainment, exploring how China's political system impacts the life and work of an artist who would not stop speaking out. The film will play at the IFC Center May 16-22, with the director exclusively flying in from Denmark to participate in Q&As all opening weekend.
AI WEIWEI THE FAKE CASE Trailer:
Directed by Andreas Johnsen
IFC Center: 323 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10014
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