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Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case

Staff Pick Type: 
Andreas Johnsen
Rosforth Film

“The new documentary 'Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case' . . . shows how Ai attempts to live his life—and yet still share his voice—while under house arrest [following his 81-day detention in 2011] and constant monitoring. Whereas Alison Klayman’s first film [“Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry”] provided a broad perspective of Ai’s work and influence, Danish director Andreas Johnsen offers a more specific snapshot. It is a lower-key film by nature because Ai himself is lower-key this time. But then the fire in his belly begins to grow anew, and watching him regain his confidence, sense of self and the rebellious spirit that defined him gives "The Fake Case" an unexpected and exciting feeling of momentum and, eventually, tension.” —Christy Lemire,

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