Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry
Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry

Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry

Director Alison Klayman

Production year 2012

Length 91min.

Country Germany


Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry is the first feature-length film about the internationally renowned Chinese artist and activist, Ai Weiwei. In recent years, Ai has garnered international attention as much for his ambitious artwork as his political provocations. Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry examines this complex intersection of artistic practice and social activism as seen through the life and art of China's preeminent contemporary artist. From 2008 to 2010, Beijing-based journalist and filmmaker Alison Klayman gained unprecedented access to Ai Weiwei. Klayman documented Ai's artistic process in preparation for major museum exhibitions, his intimate exchanges with family members and his increasingly public clashes with the Chinese government. Klayman's detailed portrait of the artist provides a nuanced exploration of contemporary China and one of its most compelling public figures.


Best Storytelling in a Documentary | Nantucket FF, USA, 2012

NBR Award | National Board of Review, USA, 2012

Special Jury Prize | Sundance FF, USA, 2012

Must-See | Telluride Mountainfilm Festival, USA, 2012

Students' Choice Award | The Hague Movies that Matter Festival, Netherlands, 2012


Alison Klayman
Alison Klayman



Alison Klayman, Adam Schlesinger


Alison Klayman

Director of Photography

Alison Klayman

Music by

Ilan Isakov


Matt Gundy, Alison Klayman


Jennifer Fineran, Alison Klayman

Production company(ies)

Muse Film and Television

Alison Klayman

She lived in China for four years working as a freelance journalist. Alison's debut feature documentary, Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, was shortlisted for an Academy Award and earned Alison a Director's Guild of America nomination. It premiered at the 2012 Sundance FF where it won a Special Jury Prize, and went on to win critical acclaim and many top honors, including an Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia Award, the highest accolade of broadcast journalism. Never Sorry has now been translated into over 26 languages and released theatrically around the world.


Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry (2012).

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