- Alison Klayman
- Ai Weiwei, Danqing Chen, Ying Gao
Chinese iconoclast Ai Weiwei is equal parts artist and critic. Having achieved an international reputation landing him high-profile exhibitions in such esteemed venues as the Tate Modern, Ai Weiwei has only fueled his inner activist, using an abiding interest in social media as a tool for concerted change under the banner of creative expression (“Don’t retreat, retweet!” he declares in the wake of a house arrest). Authorities in his native country have tried to silence him, to bar him where he stands, even as fans, followers, and advocates elsewhere bolster his vision for a global community. First-time director Alison Klayman gives us a pitch-perfect portrait of a figure not only to be watched but also heard, felt, and understood. “Ai Weiwei combines the chutzpah of Michael Moore, the antic iconoclasm of Duchamp, and the humility of Gandhi, and it’s not enough [for him].” (Boston Phoenix) In English and Mandarin. Shortlisted for an Academy Award nomination for Best Documentary Feature.