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|Originaltitel:||Ai Weiwei The Fake Case|
|Laufzeit:||Ca. 89 min.|
|FSK:||From 0 years|
He is probably the most famous Chinese artist of our time. But for the regime of his homeland he is also one of the most unpleasant personalities. The conceptual artist, publisher, architect and successful blogger Ai Weiwei is a merciless critic of the regime, who always openly expresses his displeasure against the government and the conditions in his country. And of course this does not remain without consequences. In 2011 the artist was imprisoned for alleged tax evasion. After three months in prison and worldwide protest, Ai Weiwei was under political house arrest for one year from June 2011. But even in this situation Ai Weiwei doesn't even think about giving up his fight. He continues to provoke wherever and whenever he can.
"Ai Weiwei The Fake Case" accompanies the artist through the months of house arrest. Filmmaker Andreas Johnson is very close to the artist with his camera from the moment Ai Weiweis is released from prison. The film shows how Ai Weiwei's life has changed over time in prison and how he tries to process these experiences artistically. The spectator can watch him resume his fight and see what new resistances are put in his way again and again. And at the moment when Ai Weiwei, who always seems very calm and level-headed, suddenly turns into a wild fury and attacks a policeman, the Danish filmmaker is there up close.
Whoever has seen the artist in an interview before his imprisonment or seen the documentary "Never sorry" from 2012, will realize how much Ai Weiwei suffered under his imprisonment. But also restrictions like the fact that he can't go for a walk in the park like before, but has to limit himself to the desolate parking lot to see if someone follows him, obviously gnaw at his psyche. The fact that he still won't be beaten shows his very special size. Johnson's film once again proves what an engaging personality Ai Weiwei is. He is an extremely courageous man and a very clever head, who leads his fight against the regime with tremendous willpower and intensity. And the people admire this so much that they send him unsolicited money so that Ai Weiwei can make the court repayment claim. From the very moving messages that his supporters sent him with the money, he also draws new strength and the awareness that his fight, as hopeless as it may be, is definitely worth it.
"Ai Weiwei The Fake Case" is, despite its very quiet pace, a very exciting documentary, which in the end is much more than the stirring testimony of a resistance fight or an intense artist portrait. It's a thought-provoking film that's a little scary about the very topical subject of digital surveillance, but one that also gives rise to some hope in the end. Anyone who appreciates sophisticated documentaries or wants to see a continuation of "Never sorry" should not miss this film. Worth seeing
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