Blu-ray, DVD Release: Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Dec. 4, 2013
Price: DVD $24.98, Blu-ray $29.98
Studio: IFC/MPI

Ai Wei: Never Sorry movie sceneChina’s most globally renowned artist and a leading activist in the fight against oppression is the subject of the 2012 documentary film Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry.

From 2008 to 2010, journalist and filmmaker Alison Klayman was granted unprecedented access to Ai Weiwei to present this first feature-length portrait of the sculptor, photographer, filmmaker and installation artist. Ai was widely praised for his work on the “Bird’s Nest” stadium for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, but that same year his criticism of the Chinese government following the Sichuan earthquake that claimed thousands of schoolchildren made him a target of the powers that be.

Presenting a look inside modern China while documenting Ai’s artistic process in preparation for major museum exhibitions, his intimate exchanges with family members, and his increasingly public clashes with the police and the government, the film is a unique portrait of the man behind the headlines.

The R-rated Ai Weiwei received a limited release to U.S. theaters in July 2012 to positive notices from the critics, including Entertainment Weekly’s Owen Gleiberman, who gave the movie a grade of A and said Ai “radiates a mischievous sense of the absurdity – and necessity – of one man tossing stones at a regime this gigantic.”

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