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AI WEIWEI: YOURS TRULY
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Human rights become profoundly personal when Ai Weiwei, China’s most famous artist, transforms Alcatraz Island prison into an astonishing expression of socially-engaged art focused on the plight of the unjustly incarcerated. At the core of the installation, called @Large, were portraits of prisoners of conscience coupled with the opportunity to write letters of solidarity to the imprisoned. In her impassioned and powerful film, director Cheryl Haines captures this monumental exhibition from conception to fruition, and as well visits current and former prisoners, including American whistleblower Chelsea Manning, to learn how these letters were vital to their survival.
Dir: Cheryl Haines / 2020 / US / 78 min
“For those who attended the Alcatraz exhibit, the film serves as a souvenir of your visit. For those who didn’t, here’s what you missed.” — G. Allen Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle
“Even for those familiar with Ai and his work, the film’s offerings of fascinating insights into his personal life and an exploration of the stakes of personal freedom make it a worthy viewing experience.” — Lovia Gyarkye, New York Times
“Haines’s brief, well-made documentary is a very worthwhile guide to this venture, and to Ai Weiwei’s own tragic family history.” — Peter Bradshaw, Guardian