Ai Weiwei is China’s best known artist and the sharpest thorn in the side of its government. He’s a humorous and clever digital dissident, whose installations, viral videos, and tweets mock Chinese censors, and have made him an international symbol for freedom.
After years of attempting to cozy up to him with bribes and favors, the Chinese government turned on Ai Weiwei, charging him with tax evasion and bulldozing his freshly built studio in Shanghai. Then, on April 3, 2011, he disappeared.
When Ai re-appeared almost three month later, the press swarmed around him. Among those following the saga was Alison Klayman, a freelance journalist and filmmaker living in China; her debut documentary feature “Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry” was awarded a special jury prize at Sundance, and premiers tonight on the PBS series, Independence Lens.