Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry-Cleveland Cinematheque / Hunan Coventry

"If there is no free speech, every single life has lived in vain." ~Ai Weiwei

Let's try this again.  This Meetup fell through at the Cedar Lee in August.  Despite the late notice, I hope to see you at the Cinematheque.

7:45 PM MOVIE at the Cleveland Cinematheque

Meet us in the lobby about 15 minutes ahead of time or look for the group inside the theater or meet us afterward not too far from the ticket office.

9:30PM Dinner/Discussion at Hunan Coventry

Synopsis: The film examines the complex intersection of artistic practice and social activism as seen through the life and art of China's preeminent contemporary artist. From 2008 to 2010, Beijing-based journalist and filmmaker Alison Klayman gained unprecedented access to Ai Weiwei. Klayman documented Ai's artistic process in preparation for major museum exhibitions, his intimate exchanges with family members and his increasingly public clashes with the Chinese government. Klayman's detailed portrait of the artist provides a nuanced exploration of contemporary China and one of its most compelling public figures.

93% on Rotten Tomatoes!

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  • Eugene

    Excellent. Very interesting story.

    November 4, 2012

  • Renu

    Film was enlightening about conditions in China and a great introduction to Ai Weiwei’s activism and art. Discussion was informative and a good time! Thanks, Drew.

    November 3, 2012

  • Amy

    Loved the film. Very interesting insight into China through the eyes of Ai Weiwei.

    November 3, 2012

  • Drew

    Ai Weiwei deserves respect for using his talents to illuminate a corrupt government when he could have easily enjoyed the life he'd earned. The film succeeds in telling his story without calling attention to itself, like a good film score.

    November 3, 2012

  • Carol P.

    Inspiring and thought provoking.

    November 3, 2012

  • Jims

    There is an opening reception at the CIA the same night. So: beware of parking but also come early to enjoy the new exhibit.

    October 30, 2012

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