AI WEIWEI is China’s most famous international artist, and its most outspoken domestic critic. Against a backdrop of strict censorship and an unresponsive legal system, Ai expresses himself and organizes people through art and social media. In response, Chinese authorities have shut down his blog, beat him up, bulldozed his newly built studio, and held him in secret detention.
AI WEIWEI: NEVER SORRY is the inside story of a dissident for the digital age who inspires global audiences and blurs the boundaries of art and politics. First-time director Alison Klayman gained unprecedented access to Ai while working as a journalist in China. Her detailed portrait provides a nuanced exploration of contemporary China and one of its most compelling public figure.
Monday, September 16, 2013
6 – 8 PM
Boston University Photonics Center
8 St. Mary’s Street, Room 206
The film will be introduced by historian and journalist PETER RAND, author of several works of fiction and non fiction, including the novel Firestorm and China Hands: The Adventures and Ordeals of the American Journalists Who Joined Forces with the Great Chinese Revolution, a work of narrative non fiction. Peter maintains a dedicated interest in China, and has translated and edited four important works from their Chinese editions, most recently Gao Wenqian’s Zhou Enlai: The Last Perfect Revolutionary.
Co-sponsored by the Rosenberg Institute for East Asian Studies at Suffolk University.