Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case

Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case
  • 2013
  • Denmark / China / UK
  • 1h 26min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Andreas Johnsen
  • Written by: Andreas Johnsen
  • Cast: Weiwei Ai, Andreas Johnsen, Lao Ai

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Making art is a dangerous business.

Following his 2011 arrest by Chinese authorities, artist Ai Weiwei spent 81 days in solitary confinement. He was then released but put under house arrest and banned from exhibiting his work in China. But art prevailed: Ai's own new sculptural series portraying his imprisonment and this compelling documentary from Danish director Andreas Johnsen, who spent a year with Ai and shared not only the stress and anguish he went through but also the moments of joy and solidarity.

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Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case

23 Jun 20143 stars

A welcome chance to catch up with the quirky artist’s heroic struggle for freedom

Following hard on the heels of Alison Klayman’s Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry comes another feature length documentary about the Chinese artist and political activist, this time by Andreas Johnsen, who made the 2009 documentary Murder about anti-abortion…

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