Ai Weiwei came to international attention as one of the artistic geniuses behind the Bird’s Nest, the remarkable stadium unveiled for the Beijing Olympics. However, he spent much of his career before Beijing, and has spent almost all of it since, openly criticizing the Communist rule of China. Spoiler alert: That stuff can get you imprisoned or killed. Perhaps because he’s so beloved worldwide—certainly more for his activism than anything else—Ai continues to flip the bird to the People’s Republic, damning the consequences. (He was detained for nearly three months last year.) The documentary Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry follows the iconoclast as he unthinkably battles the Chinese government. If he’s not winning, it’s no worse than a draw. The film ambles a bit, but it is a great introduction to a man who speaks truth to power.
Director: Alison Klayman
Producer: Andy Cohen, Julie Goldman, Karl Katz, Cathy Price, Michael Frahm and Nicolai Frahm