Art on the Line

A controversial figure in China — and a celebrated sculptor, painter and filmmaker across the world — Ai Weiwei embodies the fluidity between the roles of artist and activist. In the documentary Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, screening tonight in Boulder as part of CU-Boulder’s International Film Series, his simultaneous, ongoing legacies as a political dissident and creative force are profiled in equal depth.

The film follows the artist through tense moments with his participation in the design of the Bird’s Nest Olympic Stadium in China in 2008 and his disappearance at the hands of Beijing police in 2011. Through it all, Ai uses Twitter as his main platform for sounding the alarm on his country and as a source of communication with his attentive global audience.

“I see the film as Ai Weiwei: The Internet Years, which sort of gave him this transformation to be the icon that he is now,” says Alison Klayman, the film’s director, producer, cinematographer and co-editor. Klayman stresses that Never Sorry is just one part of Ai’s history-making story.

The film shows tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Muenzinger Auditorium on the CU-Boulder Campus. Klayman will be present for a post-screening discussion; the screening is free. For more information, visit internationalfilmseries.com.
Tue., March 11, 7:30 p.m., 2014