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Stories of Ai Weiwei

Cinema for Peace Ai Weiwei Screenings featured the censored movies of Ai Weiwei in its Screening Series ‘Stories of Ai Weiwei’ at Martin-Gropius-Bau Berlin

 

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On May 22nd Cinema for Peace showed the non-fiction film The Crab House in the cinema 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. Movies such as those of Ai Weiwei , grant the world an uncensored insight into the conditions of a country .

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.

The Commissioner of the Federal Government for Human Rights, Dr. Strasser , appealed during penal discussion to the Chinese government to grant Ai Weiwei the freedom to travel again. He also clearly stated that there are many more cases of this kind in China, and we should raise our voices to help them all. The director of the Martin-Gropius-Bau, Professor Sievernich, explained that there are a number of unknown dark prisons in China, such as Ai Weiwei was detained 81 days without the whereabouts had been known. The founder of Cinema for Peace Jaka Bizilj suggested a human rights index in order to label goods, whereby each consumer could  decide which goods from whatever source he will buy.

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.

Ai Weiwei for Cinema for Peace

Ai Weiwei's Safe Passage installation with life-vests from Lesbos for Cinema for Peace.

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Upcoming Screenings:

 

'He Name Me Malala'

Nicosia, Cyprus / September 27th , 19:00 / Corner Agion Omologiton & Agialou 1

 

'Girl Rising'

Nicosia, Cyprus / October 4th , 19:00 / Corner Agion Omologiton & Agialou 1

 

 

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