Ai Weiwei's Appeal ¥15,220,910.50

  • 127'
  • China
  • 2014
Ai Weiwei's Appeal ¥15,220,910.50 starts with the opening of the Venice Biennial in the summer of 2013. The mother of the Chinese conceptual artist, political activist, philosopher, architect, photographer and filmmaker shuffles around in the middle of his enormous installation S.A.C.R.E.D., an overwhelming portrayal of his imprisonment. Then the film jumps back to March 2011: Chinese police raid the Ai Weiwei studio for suspected tax evasion. Ai Weiwei repeatedly debates with the authorities, albeit calmly and courteously. Cameras are rolling everywhere.
What follows is an extremely precise, chronological reconstruction of all the events in between... from Ai's arrest at Beijing Airport in April 2011, countless exhibition openings in the most prestigious art centres all over the world, which Ai cannot attend, and continual intimidation by the authorities. With news reports, newspaper clippings, interviews and excerpts from the court case.

Director
Ai Weiwei
Premiere
World premiere
Country of production
China
Production Year
2014
Festival Edition
IFFR 2014
Length
127'
Medium
File
Language
English
Producer
Ai Weiwei
Production Company
Ai Weiwei Studio
Sales
Ai Weiwei Studio
Cinematography
Li Jie, Zhao Zhao, Li Dongxu, Guo Ke, Xia Xing, Xue Yutao
Editor
Yuan Ze, Wang Yuye