Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry (2012) — China
In October 2011, Art Review magazine named Ai Weiwei the number one artist in the world in their annual "top 100." This 90-minute documentary gives a good feel for his art, which has been featured at major galleries around the world, and his aggressive protests against the Chinese government. One of the most interesting aspects of his political protests is how much of it is done on the internet. After his blog was shut down, Weiwei took to Twitter (@aiww). The film interviews Weiwei at length, and also various critics, curators, international correspondents, his first gallerist in New York (where he lived from 1983 to 1993), and family members. In early April of 2011 Weiwei was detained by police and disappeared for 81 days, a grim reminder that even an international artist of his fame is not immune to the caprice and paranoia of the Chinese government. "If we don't push things," says Weiwei, "nothing will happen." In English and Chinese. I watched this film on Netflix streaming.