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  • Artist and activist Ai Weiwei's muse  is his conscience.

    Artist and activist Ai Weiwei's muse is his conscience.

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  • Ai Weiwei weaves red tape into his art.

    Ai Weiwei weaves red tape into his art.

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  • Ai Weiwei works on his computer in his Beijing home studio, as one of his dozens of cats looks on.

    Ai Weiwei works on his computer in his Beijing home studio, as one of his dozens of cats looks on.

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  • A protestor in New York City holds a sign about Ai Weiwei's disappearance in April 2011.

    A protestor in New York City holds a sign about Ai Weiwei's disappearance in April 2011.

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  • A foreign reporter photographs Ai Weiwei in front of the list of names of thousands of student earthquake victims, at his studio in Beijing.

    A foreign reporter photographs Ai Weiwei in front of the list of names of thousands of student earthquake victims, at his studio in Beijing.

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  • Ai Weiwei paints handcrafted porcelain sunflower seeds in Jingdezhen, China.

    Ai Weiwei paints handcrafted porcelain sunflower seeds in Jingdezhen, China.

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  • Ai Weiwei and his craftsmen look at one of his furniture works in his workshop on the outskirts of Beijing, in the Zuoyou Art Studio complex.

    Ai Weiwei and his craftsmen look at one of his furniture works in his workshop on the outskirts of Beijing, in the Zuoyou Art Studio complex.

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  • Ai Weiwei and art assistant Inserk Yang inspect the construction of a new studio in Shanghai in 2010.

    Ai Weiwei and art assistant Inserk Yang inspect the construction of a new studio in Shanghai in 2010.

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The Film

Ai Weiwei is arguably the most internationally celebrated Chinese artist of the modern era. The inscrutable bearded visionary burst onto the scene with vast conceptual installations such as his eight million hand-painted ceramic sunflower seeds inside Tate Modern, and went on to design the iconic Bird’s Nest stadium for the Beijing Olympics. But at heart, Ai Weiwei is a troublemaker with a serious agenda: to challenge the oppression of the Chinese people by their government with rebellious and irreverent gestures. His activism has cost him his freedom repeatedly, but he never seems to lose his childlike approach to serious dissidence executed with a wink.

The Filmmaker

  1. Alison KlaymanProducer/Director