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FILM FORUM: 'Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case'

This POV documentary provides a stirring glimpse into how the Chinese government’s attempts to silence artist/activist Ai Weiwei have turned him into a leading voice for free speech and human rights.

There will be a guest speaker and a discussion after the film. Two hours free parking in the Library parking garage. The film runs 86 minutes and is in English and Mandarin with English subtitles.

Note: POV ("point of view") is the longest-running showcase for independent nonfiction films on television, featuring the most innovative documentaries every year on PBS.

POV films are known for their intimacy, unforgettable storytelling and timeliness, putting a human face on contemporary social issues.

"Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case" is on Facebook and Twitter.

"Ai Weiwei The Fake Case" - TRAILER - English subtitles from Rosforth on Vimeo.

a film by Andreas Johnsen


After 81 days of solitary detention world famous Chinese artist Ai Weiwei is put under house arrest. He suffers from sleeping disorder and memory loss, 18 cameras are monitoring his studio and home, police agents follow his every move, and heavy restrictions from the Kafkaesque Chinese authorities weigh him down. Journalists, the art world and his family all want a piece of him and on top of that he is met with a gigantic lawsuit from the Chinese government, soon to be named ‘The Fake Case’. Ai Weiwei is shaken, but during the year on probation he steadily finds new ways to provoke and challenge the mighty powers of the Chinese authorities in his fight for human rights. Ai Weiwei strongly believes that China is ready for change. And he will do everything to make it happen.

Trailer music by Orchestra of Jenno (

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