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Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case

A new doc catches up with the Chinese artist's troubles with authorities


Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case documentary at Harris Theater

Andreas Johnsen's documentary is less a profile of the infamous Chinese artist Ai Weiwei than a follow-up to his recent troubles with the authorities in Beijing. (Newcomers are advised to start with Alison Klayman's 2012 doc Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry.) After nearly three months in detention, Ai Weiwei is released on probation, and Johnsen's cameras capture him trying to get his groove back despite various restrictions imposed upon him. The film is of interest to those following Ai Weiwei's travails, but doesn't proffer much we don't already know about the artist, activist and provocateur: Despite strictures, Weiwei remains irrepressible, cooperating with this film and creating a new installation inspired by his imprisonment.

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