I am very much looking forward to this new documentary “AI WEIWEI: Never Sorry” by Alison Klayman.
Ai WeiWei is a controversial figure. He is quite an amazing contemporary artist from China and is know for his sculpture, installations and architecture, he helped design the “Birds Nest” the stadium that was the center piece for the 2008 Beijing Olympic games but has been a thorn in the side of the Chinese Government because of his social, political and cultural criticism. He has paid dearly for that.
In 2009 he was beaten by police for trying to testify for a fellow investigator of the shoddy construction that is thought to be the cause of the needless death of over 5,000 Chinese students in the Sichan Earthquake. A cause he has spoken out for and dedicated himself to, publishing all of the names of the children (that he help gather, all are still not know) and writing numerous articles on his blog that has since been shut down by the government.
In 2011 he was arrested while boarding a plane to Hong Kong, he was not given charges and no one in his family or staff was told where he was taken. He was held for 3 month amid international public outcry for his release. The government eventually came forward with tax evasion charges and released him on bail but he is prohibited from leaving Beijing to this day.
You should see this film and look into his ongoing struggles in China but I would very much suggest checking out his work, above all he is an amazing artist and world class free thinker.