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INTERVIEW: The director behind the artist

A new documentary by Alison Klayman on the life and art of Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei is screening now in Taipei. While the film has not been shown in China yet, Ai has seen it and gave it a big thumbs up

By Dan Bloom  /  Contributing Reporter

“We got financial support from individuals and foundations, including a crowd-funding campaign on Kickstarter. It took many years to raise the money for the whole film, although shooting it in China was really the cheapest part,” she said.

The documentary has been shown in New York and Taipei and other world capitals, but it has not yet been screened — publicly — in Beijing.

“We’re limited in our ability to show the movie publicly in China,” Klayman said. “Later this year we hope to [show] the film inside China using the same methods Ai uses to distribute his own films, including online and [using] underground methods.”

When asked if Ai has seen the film, Klayman said: “Yes, he has. We showed it to him in Beijing before the Sundance film festival in Colorado. His immediate response was that this is an engaging film but also an accurate depiction of what he has been trying to accomplish the last few years.”

“This film is about freedom of expression,” she said.

Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry is currently being screened at Spot — Taipei Film House (光點—台北之家).

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