Skip to Main Content
Skip to Main Navigation
Skip to Footer
Sign in / Register
TV On Demand
Film on TV
Film On Demand
Storyville: Big Brother Watching Me: Citizen Ai Weiwei
Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Share on Pinterest
Share on Google Plus
Share on Reddit
Email to a friend
For such an outspoken critic of China’s ruling party, Ai Weiwei is oddly quiet when you first see him here. Bailed three months after being arrested on suspect charges, the internationally renowned artist looks haggard and cowed, unwilling to talk to the assembled journalists.
This intimate documentary follows the designer of the Bird’s Nest stadium as he fights the case. There are glimpses of the irreverence that inspired him to fill the Tate Modern with sunflower seeds: at one point he refuses to give an interview but offers a video of him showering. Later, he stalks the government agents assigned to watch him. When Weiwei needs to raise money for his defence, his supporters send donations sailing over his walls as paper aeroplanes.
But he never forgets the danger to himself and his family. As his mother tells him: “If this was 1957 they would have killed you already.”
Documentary following Chinese contemporary artist Ai Weiwei as he recovers after his three months in solitary confinement and questions the extent to which he should take his activism. This intimate film captures the experiences of one of China's most compelling public figures who, as an outspoken advocate of Chinese political reform, remains at loggerheads with his country's government.
Full Episode Guide
The best Black Friday 2017 UK deals
Currys PC World Black Friday 2017 deals: latest TV, headphone and laptop offers
GAME Black Friday 2017 latest deals - PS4 Pro, Xbox, Nintendo Switch and FIFA bundles
Amazon Black Friday 2017 - latest TV deals and Echo offers