The Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival has announced that the Canadian premiere of Alison Klayman’s Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry will open the 2012 Festival on 26 April in Toronto. Klayman will be in attendance to introduce the film and participate in post-screening audience discussions.
“Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry is a perfect story of art as a means for change,” says Charlotte Cook, Hot Docs director of programming. “It is an incredibly appropriate opening night selection as it encompasses so many ideas we wanted to highlight throughout this year’s programme: from one person standing up for something they believe in, to the power of technology to drive change, to the strength of creativity as a whole. The fact that Ai Weiwei’s wonderfully inspiring nature is so brilliantly captured by a first-time filmmaker just encapsulates so beautifully the importance of supporting people who create art.”
Blurring the boundaries between activism and art, Ai Weiwei has gained international acclaim and a devout following. Artistic consultant for the Beijing National Stadium for the 2008 Olympics and named the most powerful contemporary artist by ArtReview magazine, he gained worldwide attention after his arrest and two-month detention by Chinese authorities last year. With unprecedented access, Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry follows China’s most renowned artist and activist; his art, politics and humour revealing a man of unrelenting spirit and defiance, who inspires millions across the world.
This is Klayman’s debut feature documentary and was awarded a Special Jury Prize Documentary at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. A 2011 Sundance Documentary Fellow, Klayman has been named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s “25 New Faces of Independent Film.”
Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry is produced by Alison Klayman and Adam Schlesinger and executive produced by Karl Katz, Andrew Cohen and Julie Goldman.
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