Meet the Filmmakers: Director Alison Klayman and editor Jen Fineran will discuss their film after the screening.
Purchasing tickets in advance is recommended for this screening.
China’s most famous international artist and most outspoken domestic critic expresses himself through large installations and social media. Chinese authorities don’t like what he has to say, and have shut down his blog, beat him up, bulldozed his newly built studio, and held him in secret detention. This is the inside story of a dissident for the digital age who inspires global audiences and blurs the boundaries of art and politics. 2012, USA, 91 minutes, in English and Mandarin with English subtitles, documentary.
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“Klayman’s riveting, vérité-style film captures this burly, bigger-than-life figure over the past three years, as his activism has heightened, his art has grown increasingly confrontational and he has deliberately blurred the distinction between aesthetics and politics.” Pick of the Week – Andew O’hehir, Salon
“Alison Klayman’s stirring, important documentary catches his complex humanity.” – Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
“The film’s greatest distinction is its intimacy. By now Mr. Ai is an institution, a global brand that represents the power of art in the face of tyranny, obduracy or epic stupidity. He doesn’t behave like an institution, though.” – Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal