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Directed by Andreas Johnsen

2013; in Mandarin and English with English subtitles

Denmark/China/UK

86 minutes

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Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case

After 81 days of solitary detention, world-famous Chinese artist Ai Weiwei (born 1957) is put under house arrest. He suffers from a 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 is shaken, but during his year on probation he steadily finds new ways to provoke the authorities in his fight for human rights and free expression. — International Film Circuit, inc.