‘Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case,’ a fantastic documentary on the Chinese artist and activist opens today, Friday, May 16 and runs through Thursday, May 22 at IFC Center, 323 Sixth Avenue, New York, NY.
Read our full review here. From the IFC website:
After 81 days of solitary detention world famous Chinese artist Ai Weiwei is put under house arrest. He suffers from sleeping disorder and memory loss, 18 cameras are monitoring his studio and home, police agents follow his every move, and heavy restrictions from the Kafkaesque Chinese authorities weigh him down. Journalists, the art world and his family all want a piece of him and on top of that he is hit with a gigantic lawsuit from the Chinese government, which he soon names ‘The Fake Case’. Ai Weiwei is shaken, but during the year on probation he steadily finds new ways to provoke and challenge the mighty powers of the Chinese authorities in his fight for human rights. Ai Weiwei strongly believes that China is ready for change. And he will do everything to make it happen.
NR, In English and Mandarin with English subtitles Minutes
Director Andreas Johnsen will be making in person appearances at IFC throughout the duration of the screening:
Fri May 16 at 7:20pm: Director Andreas Johnsen, moderated by Sarah Cook, Senior Research Analyst for East Asia at Freedom House
Sat May 17 at 7:20pm: Director Andreas Johnsen, moderated by Lou Sagar, director of “Friends of Ai Weiwei” http://www.friendsoffreeexpression.com/
Sun May 18 at 5:10pm: Director Andreas Johnsen
Mon May 19 at 7:20pm: National Coalition Against Censorship Program Director Svetlana Mintcheva
Wed May 21 at 7:20pm: Introduction by The Art Students League of New York Executive Director, Ira Goldberg