New film: AI WEIWEI THE FAKE CASE June 6th, 2014 posted by Val Katagiri

Out now is a new documentary about the Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei, called AI WEIWEI THE FAKE CASE. The documentary explores Ai Weiwei’s life under house arrest, where he is restricted by the Chinese authorities in everything he does – but he does it anyway. The director Andreas Johnsen gained intimate access to Ai’s environment after the unlawful 81-day detainment, exploring how China’s political system impacts the life and work of an artist who would not stop speaking out. Ai Weiwei has always been an outspoken Freedom of Expression advocate, effectively utilizing social media to spread his message and reach the new generation both in China and abroad. Please see the trailer and more info on the movie below.

The documentary will play in Portland, Oregon’s Living Room Theater June 13-19!

Discounts for group tickets are also available by contacting Marija Silk, Distribution and Marketing Manager, International Film Circuit, 244 Fifth Ave, 11th Floor, New York, NY 10001; 212-777-5690;

a documentary by Andreas Johnsen


In Portland June 13-19!

Portland Living Room Theaters
341 SW Tenth Avenue, Portland OR 97205

(Available from Monday 6/9)

Named Best Documentary of 2014 by the Danish Film Critics’ Association

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. Picking up where Alison Klayman’s Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry left off, AI WEIWEI THE FAKE CASE is more explicitly political, reflecting Ai’s battle against the gigantic lawsuit thrust upon him by the Chinese government in an effort to silence him. Ai Weiwei is shaken, but during his 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 and free expression. The film also features the creation of S.A.C.R.E.D., a new work depicting Ai’s time in prison, which premiered during the Venice Biennale and is now on view at the Brooklyn Museum.

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