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Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry


GALVANIZING… An intimate portrait of the artist.

— Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

A MUST-SEE. Klayman’s riveting, vérité-style film captures this burly, bigger-than-life figure overthe past three years, as his activism has heightened, his art has grownincreasingly confrontational and he has deliberately blurred the distinction between aesthetics and politics.

— Andrew O'Hehir, Salon

An inspiring and important documentary. Ai’s is a special kind of courage, and it impels him to act with special agility in a brave new world of his own making, where little tweets can challenge big lies and a blog post can echo like thunder.

— Joe Morgenstern, The Wall Street Journal

Presented by Sundance Selects | United States | Jul 27th, 2012 | 91 MINS | R

AI WEIWEI: NEVER SORRY is the first feature-length film about the internationally renowned Chinese artist and activist, Ai Weiwei. In recent years, Ai has garnered international attention as much for his ambitious artwork as his political provocations. AI WEIWEI: NEVER SORRY examines this complex intersection of artistic practice and social activism as seen through the life and art of China’s preeminent contemporary artist.

From 2008 to 2010, Beijing-based journalist and filmmaker Alison Klayman gained unprecedented access to Ai Weiwei. Klayman documented Ai’s artistic process in preparation for major museum exhibitions, his intimate exchanges with family members and his increasingly public clashes with the Chinese government. Klayman’s detailed portrait of the artist provides a nuanced exploration of contemporary China and one of its most compelling public figures.


  • Alison Klayman


  • Alison Klayman
  • Adam Schlesinger

Executive Producers

  • Andrew Cohen
  • Julie Goldman
  • Karl Katz