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AI WEIWEI: NEVER SORRY is the first feature-length documentary about China's (in)famous artist and activist, Ai Weiwei.
AI WEIWEI: NEVER SORRY is the first feature-length documentary about China's (in)famous artist and activist, Ai Weiwei.
AI WEIWEI: NEVER SORRY is the first feature-length documentary about China's (in)famous artist and activist, Ai Weiwei.
793 backers pledged $52,175 to help bring this project to life.

No Word from Ai Weiwei in 24 Hours

Hi everyone,

Just a brief Ai Weiwei update: 

Ai Weiwei remains in detention twenty-four hours after being taken into custody at Beijing Capital Airport on the morning of April 3rd. His wife, Lu Qing, was taken into the local police station for questioning late last night, but has received no word about her husband. Meantime, all eight studio assistants have been released and continue to report a strong police presence around Ai’s studio compound. During their questioning, assistants were repeatedly asked about their salaries, size of the studio and visa status. Police also confiscated hundreds of objects from Ai’s studio, including computers, hard drives, CDs and notebooks. Four police officers remained at Ai’s studio until midnight on April 3rd hoping to interrogate other members of Ai’s staff. At 5:20 am in Beijing on April 4th, Ai’s lawyer Liu Xiaoyuan reported that Ai’s phone remained off and that he had been unable to locate the artist. Police returned to the studio Monday morning and have been stationed at the gate since 7 am.

Wen Tao, an activist and former journalist, was also arrested during yesterday’s raid. No one has been able to contact Wen in 24 hours.

For additional coverage: Time Magazine: Not Another Day in the Life of Ai Weiwei NYTimes: China Takes Dissident Artist into Custody HUM News: [REPORT] Noted Chinese Artist Detained at Beijing Airport, Studio Raided

We hope the next time we write with an update that we'll be the bearers of good news. Meantime, thank you, as always, for your generous and unfaltering support.



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    1. Missing avatar

      Josh Wang on April 17, 2011

      China is my homeland and I love my country. Ai Weiwei is a great man and a good person. He speaks out Chinese mind which most of the words are dared to be spoken out by other Chinese. Now He can't speak. I believe every Chinese should speak for him now. I want to ask a question to our government:" Where is Ai Weiwei?" I want to say "Free Ai Weiwei..........."

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      THEO Crisell on April 6, 2011

      I stand as a voice of one loudly opposed to the Chinese leaders that support such policies. What are you so afraid of? It is time for Freedom in China, not more fear. The old leaders will fall, their time has come, we must all stand up around the world to challenge the older leaders in every country that suppress people and voices for freedom. Let us join hands around the globe and see that this man is immediately set free. I send this message to the Chinese leaders....let this man go have been put on notice! Theodore M. Crisell

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      THEO Crisell on April 6, 2011

      Why are the old, fat, arrogant Chinese leaders such shits and why does the world put up with such ass holes, they exist in so many countries including ours-------it is time to end stupid, arrogant, selfish leaders in all countries. Where is compassion, kindness and caring? Where are government leaders that really care about people? End the Chinese terror....let us all support this great and wonderful voice in China. I and many of us stand with you!!!!

      Theodore M. Crisell (Former Democratic Nominee for the U.S. House of Representatives.

    4. The Anti-Gram Project on April 6, 2011

      Is the footage safe with you?

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      MikeWong on April 6, 2011

      This is a worthy project. Could this be cut for the theater audience?

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      Terry Dillon (deleted) on April 6, 2011

      Our hearts and spirit are with Ai Weiwei. His story is strong enough without the police adding to it. I hope he does not have to endure much more hardship before his story is known by all around the world. Thank you for pushing forward with the making of this important documentary.
      Ontario Canada

    7. Kersu Dalal on April 5, 2011

      Thank you for making this bold and important film. I hope that the shameful arrest of Ai WeiWei going to take China down the same path that Google's Wael Ghonim took Egypt?

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      Julia Meade on April 4, 2011

      I can't not believe that the Chinese government will make the move to arrest Ai Weiwei. It is like declaring to the world that China is no longer interested in pretending it is a country with a constitution that safeguards fundamental human rights, including freedom of speech. Alison, please keep up your good work. We now need this documentary more than ever so the world will know more about Ai Weiwei and China.

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      Andy Krieger on April 4, 2011

      Ali, was so exciting and uplifting to watch the documentary, and see this brave, defiant, wonderful man. Must have been so exciting to see the birth of your baby and have the pledges begin. So sorry it has turned this way. You have all our admiration and support. Wish we could do something more. Will be thinking of you and Al Weiwei, and all those in China who love and support him.
      Andy Krieger
      Vancouver Canada