Calling all art and film buffs! This Friday April 20th there is a special screening of Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry directed by Alison Klayman at the Museum of Contemporary Art. The film is traveling the country dominating film festivals one after another, and Chicago’s Human Rights Watch Film Festival is next up. If you don’t know who Ai Weiwei is you have got to check this out, and if you do I’m sure you can’t wait to see this. Ai Weiwei is considered China’s most famous international artist, and its most outspoken domestic critic.
His fans in China tend to think of him as a God, and he’s been compared to Andy Warhol with his work. Ai expresses himself in what most people would describe as unique ways through art and social media. In response, however Chinese authorities have forcefully shut down his blog, physically assaulted him, bulldozed his newly built studio, and held him in secret detention. His persona is captured by Alison Klayman’s film and audiences have been nothing less than moved by it.
The film itself, AI WEIWEI: NEVER SORRY, is the behind the scenes inside story of one of China’s most compelling public figures as he continues to blur the boundaries of art and politics and inspire massive audiences. The screening begins at 6pm and will be followed by cocktails and hors d’oeuvres reception, as well as a panel discussion featuring Klayman and Human Rights Watch Asia Advocacy Director Sophie Richardson. To purchase tickets or make a donation click here. All proceeds benefit Human Rights Watch.
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