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Q&A: Alison Klayman, Director of the First Full-Length Film on Chinese Artist Ai Weiwei

As Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei chronicles Beijing’s human rights abuses, someone else has been busy chronicling him. Alison Klayman spent two years making the documentary Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, currently screening in various locations in North America. Show More Summary

Watch: Interview with 'Never Sorry' director Alison Klayman

2 years agoChina / Shanghai : Shanghaiist

Alison Klayman, director of Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, discusses her life after the film's release: traveling, meeting fans, having epiphanies, and Chinese pirating of the movie are all included and encouraged. Never Sorry is Klayman's first film, and is on the shortlist for this year's Academy Awards in documentary. [ more › ]

Misha Lyuve: Rooted and Unbendable Ai Weiwei

Every society has constraints that offer opportunity for vision, freedom and courage. "Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry" by Alison Klayman is a documentary about a man who appreciates the possibilities and challenges of this opportunity in Ch...

Misha Lyuve: Rooted and Unbendable Ai Weiwei

Every society has constraints that offer opportunity for vision, freedom and courage. "Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry" by Alison Klayman is a documentary about a man who appreciates the possibilities and challenges of this opportunity in Ch...

Review: Never Sorry takes a look at the many sides of Ai Weiwei

What's most impressive about the new film Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, opening today, Friday, August 24, is how much 28-year-old first-time documentary maker Alison Klayman is able to fit into it. The documentary of course covers Ai's notorious 81-day detention without trial in 2011.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]

The Artist as Dissident — "Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry"

Artist Ai Weiwei could have had a career and a life that was easy. Maybe. After viewing Alison Klayman’s documentary, Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, it is clear that the story of his family’s personal history looms large as a psychological undertone of his evolution. read more

Documenting the Dissident: A Q&A with Alison Klayman, Director of “Ai Weiwei, Never Sorry”

Last week, Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, a documentary about China‘s leading artist-dissident, debuted in U.S. cinemas. Its young director, Alison Klayman, an American living in Beijing, followed Ai for the better part of three years. She sees him both receiving accolades for his art in Europe as well as the blows of police truncheons for [...]

Documentary 'Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry' shows artist's boldness

2 years agoArts : Culture Monster

Even though he describes his detention in China last year as 'very inhuman,' he's not about to back down, as Alison Klayman's documentary makes clear. BEIJING — Ai Weiwei — the Chinese artist and activist — is wearing his favorite T-shirt. Stretched over his ample belly is a photograph of himself. Above the image are the words "Missing" and "Found."

Is Ai Weiwei’s Twitter More Important Than His Art?

“Twitter is the most important medium of our time,” Ai Weiwei proclaims in Alison Klayman’s new documentary Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry. He demonstrates this repeatedly. He is China’s most famous contemporary artist, the most displeasing to its authorities, and the most accessible to the international public, both through his art and… on Twitter. When Ai Weiwei infamously [...]

Jonathan Kim: ReThink Interview - Alison Klayman, Director of Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry

The lines between art, journalism, and documentary filmmaking are often blurry ones. In 2008, director Alison Klayman, at the age of 24, found herself crossing those hazy lines to record the story of a man famous for doing the same.

Regina Weinreich: Documentaries of Summer: Ai Weiwei Never Sorry, Detropia, About Face

Alison Klayman, an American and recent college grad in 2008 went to China, not knowing precisely what she would do there. Asked to videotape Ai Weiwei, she fell into a subject much larger than a sculptor and conceptual artist.

The Irrepressible Weiwei

Director Alison Klayman's documentary on Chinese artist and dissident Ai Weiwei was released this weekend. Jason Gots gives his impressions of Ai's "quiet yet unflinching conviction" that political and ideological oppression must be fought: Ai continues to appear in public...

Kristin McCracken: In Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, Alison Klayman Skillfully Highlights the Artist's Defiant Charisma

Few Americans are overly familiar with Ai Weiwei. With her engaging, intimate, and wholly personalizing portrait, Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, director Alison Klayman hopes to right that wrong.

Film Review: Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry (Dir. Alison Klayman)

Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry Dir. Alison Klayman [Sundance Selects; 2012] by Daniel Sargeant Rating: “It may be true that one has to choose between ethics and aesthetics, but it is no less true that whichever one chooses, one will always find...Show More Summary

Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry

Filmmaker Alison Klayman gained an astonishing level of access to the celebrated Chinese artist-activist Ai Weiwei in the years following the opening of Beijing’s Bird’s Nest Stadium in 2008. No sooner was the stadium completed, however,...Show More Summary

Ai Weiwei Vouches for ‘Never Sorry’ Film

Alison Klayman was just 24, and a China novice, when she wandered almost by accident into the tumultuous life of Ai Weiwei, China’s most outspoken artist-turned activist, in 2008.

See the Exclusive Poster for Sundance Doc Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry

In Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, first-time filmmaker Alison Klayman follows the famous Chinese artist through the work, the tweeting, and the government scuffles that ultimately led to his much-publicized 81-day imprisonment in 2011. The documentary won a special Sundance Jury prize for "Spirit of Defiance," and it will open on ... More »

Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry (Trailer)

A documentary directed by Alison Klayman about Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei, who was harassed and detained by Chinese authorities because of his vocal criticism of their government. Hat Tip Link More Awesome Stuff for You to Click On: The Art of Rap (Trailer)Trailer: Man on a MissionMoses (Trailer)Samsara (Trailer)I Know That Voice (Trailer)

Ai Weiwei: "Never Retreat, Retweet"

3 years agoArts : Hyperallergic

Alison Klayman’s 90-minute film Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry set out to be a portrait of the Chinese artist Ai Weiwei and along the way morphed into a highbrow, jaw-dropping reality show about fumbling, corrupt governments (China), socialShow More Summary

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