Ai Weiwei The Fake Case
Film Info
Country Listing:Denmark
Festival Year:2014
Premiere Status:North American Premiere
Official Rating:PG
Program Categories:Made In Denmark
Screening Info
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Andreas Johnsen
Producer(s):Katrine Sahlstrøm
Editor(s):Adam Nielsen
Cinematographer(s):Andreas Johnsen
Sound:Rasmus Winther Jensen

After serving 81 days in solitary confinement for “subversion of state power,” outspoken artist Ai Weiwei returns home to Kafkaesque Chinese police surveillance, house arrest and a new lawsuit. The government monitors his every move and confiscates his passport but he refuses to be intimidated or portrayed in any way except by his own hand and voice. He firmly believes that “to show you’re alive, you have to speak out” and slowly regains his confidence by finding novel ways to irritate the authorities despite the restrictions of his parole. He assembles a sculpture based on his imprisonment and smuggles it out of the country. He prepares his defense against the government’s fabricated tax evasion case while paper airplane donations of money rain down in his backyard. Ai Weiwei The Fake Case is a humanizing portrait of a fearless provocateur willing to end slavery and silence in China by any artistic means necessary. Angie Driscoll

Made In Denmark program supported by the Danish Film Institute.

Additional Information

NOW Magazine - 4/5 Ns

The Globe and Mail - 3/4 stars

Dork Shelf - "Fleet and funny...a near perfect follow up to Alison Klayman’s 2012 Hot Docs opening night film Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry."

National Post - From Ai to Swartz: Ten to see at this year’s Hot Docs festival

The Mind Reels - "Fascinating."

Digital Journal - Interview with Andreas Johnsen