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 figures.
ALISON KLAYMAN DIRECTOR, PRODUCER & CINEMATOGRAPHER AI WEIWEI: NEVER SORRY is Alison Klayman's debut feature documentary, which she directed, produced, filmed and co-edited. She is a recipient of the Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia Award for Excellence in Broadcasting, and a Special Jury Prize at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. The Director's Guild of America also nominated her for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary. She was a Sundance Documentary Fellow and one of Filmmaker Magazine's "25 New Faces of Independent Film." She has been a guest on The Colbert Report, as well as CNN and NPR. Klayman lived in China for four years working as a freelance journalist. She speaks Mandarin and Hebrew, and graduated from Brown University in 2006.
Awards and Honors: Special Jury Prize, Sundance Film Festival Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia Award Top Five Documentaries of 2012, National Board of Review Best Storytelling in a Documentary, Nantucket Film Festival Top Ten Films of the Year, New York Magazine Critics' Pick - New York Times, Washington Post Four Stars - Boston Globe, The Guardian | "A" rating - Entertainment Weekly News and Documentary Emmys - Best Arts Programming (Nominated) News and Documentary Emmys - Best Editing (Nominated) Director's Guild of America Award - Outstanding Directional Achievement in Documentary (Nominated) Best Debut Feature, Cinema Eye Awards (Nominated) Best Production, Cinema Eye Awards (Nominated) Best Documentary, International Press Academy Satellite Awards, (Nominated) St. Louis Film Critics Association - Best Documentary Feature Film (2nd place) Telluride Mountainfilm Festival - Festival Director's Choice Award The Hague Movies That Matter - Youth Jury Award Taiwan International Documentary Festival - Special Jury Mention 15 Festival Internacional de Cine de Derechos Humanos (Buenos Aires) - SIGNIS Award