Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry (2012)
Director: Alison Klayman
In art, the rules of conduct have changed to reflect the developments of the digital age, and accordingly, so have the artists. Ai Weiwei is an artist who embodies an understanding of these monumental shifts and the best ways we can use new tools to create social change, as thoroughly proven in Alison Klayman's intimate documentary, Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry.
A film celebrating social responsibility and individualism, it shows how as an artist, architect, sculptor, curator, photographer, filmmaker, and writer, Ai Weiwei has used the power of digital media to rebuke the Chinese government and expose its unlawful behavior.
Ai confronted the empty promises of China's government with his 2009-2010 exhibition, So Sorry, which inspired the documentary's playfully irreverent title, Never Sorry. Despite being assaulted, jailed, and silenced by the Chinese government, Ai Weiwei has held a firm, nonviolent stance against injustice everywhere.
As the truism goes, with great power comes great responsibility. Ai Weiwei has cultivated immense power (he currently has 156,350 Twitter followers and tweets almost hourly) and continues to use it wisely. While many fear for his life, Klayman's film makes us grateful for the change he's been able to inspire until now. —Cedar Pasori