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Stories of Ai Weiwei

Cinema for Peace featured the censored movies of Ai Weiwei in its Screening Series ‘Stories of Ai Weiwei’ at Martin-Gropius-Bau Berlin On May 22nd Cinema for Peace showed the non-fiction film The Crab House from 2012 in the cinema hall of Martin-Gropius-Bau.

Ai Weiwei is best known for his art and his activism in support of human rights and freedom of expression. What most people are not aware of is the fact that Ai Weiwei is a prolific documentary film maker. In China, his films are censored and cannot be legally watched. In 2011, Ai Weiwei was arrested and secretly detained for 81 days due to his criticism of the Chinese regime and for bringing the abuse of human rights to widespread attention with his actions and films. He was placed under house arrest and, till today, is still under soft detention and not allowed to leave China. Since his documentary films are an important and still quite unknown part of his ouevre, the Martin Gropius Bau together with Cinema for Peace decided to show a selection of his films.

Christoph Strässer (Commissioner of the Federal Government for Human Rights), Grit Lederer (Director „Evidence“), Gereon Sievernich (Head Martin-Gropius-Bau) und Jaka Bizilj (Founder Cinema for Peace) talked in the following panel discussion about the complexity of art and the media practices of Ai Weiwei who was honored pretty much one year ago with the exhibition EVIDENCE at Martin-Gropius-Bau.


On Whitsunday Cinema for Peace invited to watch four more films by Ai Weiwei: 11 am, SO SORRY, 2 pm, ONE RECLUSE, 4 pm, DISTURBING THE PEACE, 6 pm BOX YOUR EARS which offered a political and creative retrospective as well.

Movies like the ones by Ai Weiwei provide the world with an uncensored view on the living conditions in the country. They might help to support the opposition and eventually improve the situation for artists like Ai Weiwei and all the other people that dare to oppose the government and therefore face human rights violations on behalf of the harmony campaign of the CPC.


Upcoming Screenings:


August 13th 2018, at the Schikaneder Kino in Vienna / Address: Margaretenstraße 24, A - 1040 Wien