“Freedom is a strange thing. Once you experience it, it remains in your heart, and no one can take it away.”
In case you haven’t been following the story of Ai Weiwei, and even if you have, let him inspire you by watching the trailer for “NEVER SORRY,” a new documentary about his work and life as a Chinese artist. He is China’s most famous international artist, but his love for the Chinese people also drives him to be one of the Chinese government’s most outspoken and brave critics.
Against a backdrop of strict censorship and an unresponsive legal system, Ai expresses himself and organizes people through art and social media. In response, Chinese authorities have shut down his blog, beat him up, bulldozed his newly built studio, and held him in secret detention.
His courage and boldness to stand up to the Chinese government at great personal risk is heroic. It is notable as we work for the North Korean people that the extreme level of oppression there means there are still no known dissidents inside the country; there is still no North Korean equivalent of Ai Wei Wei or Aung San Suu Kyi.
Every country needs people like Ai Weiei to challenge the status quo, and every country should allow for such expression.
Watch the trailer, and if you’re in LA on July 20th, reserve a free ticket to the full length screening here.